Coffee with a Cop (and Emu) in Longreach

By Sgt Miranda Broughton, myPolice South West
Original article HERE

Longreach and Ilfracombe Police took to Apex Park for Coffee with a Cop recently.

Police took the opportunity to discuss road safety, distracted and fatigued driving with travellers which enjoying the outback sun.

There were plenty of stories of crazy driving behaviour on the roads, and travellers were thankful for the opportunity to have a spell, enjoy a biscuit and a chat with Sergeant Broughton and Constable Shields of Longreach and Senior Constable Little of Ilfracombe police.

Whilst chatting with travellers from all over Australia, we were also reminded of our national wildlife, how this can be a distraction (in more ways than one).

Longreach Police along with Longreach RPU and Ilfracombe Police also conducted a static Roadside Breath Testing site.

During the day, 210 breath tests were conducted with 11 infringement notices issued, four of which were for log book related offences.

As an initiative to encourage travellers to stop, take a break and refresh during the drive, Longreach Police also teamed up with cafes within the region, handing out two-for-one cards to travellers at an interception site in Ilfracombe.

Longreach Police want to stress the importance of taking regular breaks and want to thank Qantas Founders Museum, Merino Bakery, Lazy Sheep Café, Casey’s, Darcy’s Diner, The Secret Garden Café and The Wellshot Hotel Longreach for their participation in this initiative.