Narrogin police carried out a two-day blitz on the trucking industry in Williams at the weekend in the wake of large drug and cash seizures from heavy haulage in the north of the State in recent months. Sergeant Mick Williams said Narrogin police, in conjunction with Wickepin, Pingelly and Williams police, were also targeting road safety and compliance in the heavy-haulage industry. Their key targets were drink- driving, drug-driving, driver fatigue and load restraints. Over two days, police stopped 86 trucks and trailers. Seven infringements were issued for offences covering load restraints, unroadworthy vehicles and unroadworthy trailers. Police handed out 20 cautions and 14 work orders, with six trucks grounded indefinitely until their defects were fixed. “It was quite clear that some of the load-restraint breaches were quite severe,” Sgt Williams said. “Some of the seasoned Main Roads heavy-haulage inspectors said some of the breaches they saw during this operation were among the worst they have ever seen.” Some of the trucks which were grounded had items protruding off the sides and chains which were not holding down loads. Police saw one case where two tonne blocks on the back of a truck were not properly secured. “We stopped one load coming from the Great Southern who had made it all the way to Williams where he was grounded, and how his load didn’t fall off on the way there has got us absolutely beat,” Sgt Williams said. “In the next period of the truck’s journey from Williams to Armadale, we’re of the opinion that his load may have separated and the consequences could have been catastrophic.” On a positive note, 82 breath tests were conducted with none coming back positive for alcohol. From 25 drug tests, one driver returned a positive result for cannabis. “All in all, over the two days it was successful,” Sgt Williams said.