December 17, 2018
South Burnett police have again been emphasising road safety in the lead-up to the holiday period.
No one – police, ambulance officers or firefighters – wants to be called to crashes on local roads.
But, sadly, the risk is very real at this time of the year.
On Friday, November 23, Murgon police talked to senior Murgon State High School students.
They emphasised the Fatal 5 … the known factors that contribute to so many fatal crashes:
Emergency services joined together to simulate a traffic crash scenario, which included a demonstration of their various roles at a traffic crash.
“Overall the presentation was well received by the students and we hope they all took away the message of road safety, especially coming into the age of obtaining their driver’s licence,” Constable Ellen Meagher said.
“Police were pleased with the questions the students asked and were encouraged by their response to the presentation on the day.”
Nanango Police are also keen to pass on a safety message to road users:
Travelling on the roads could be the most dangerous thing you and your loved ones do these holidays.
Unfortunately, family and friends are lost every year during what should be a time of celebration and togetherness. They are normal people going about their normal lives.
The overwhelming majority of accidents can be attributed to human error. Errors made by normal people.
As the holiday season approaches, police are asking travellers to share responsibility and start planning now for a safe trip.
Pre-travel vehicle maintenance is important, especially where it involves towing vehicles less frequently used such as caravans, trailers and boats.
It is important that the tyres, bearings, electricals and hitches are up to the task.
Travellers should also consider the logistics of their trip.
When will you set out and how far do you intend to travel? Allow sufficient time as well as scheduling rest stops or driver changes.
We are a big region and there is a tendency for people to maximise holidays by covering long distances.
Concentrate on driving and minimise distractions. Being able to identify a problem and responding in time could make the difference.
Be patient and courteous to other road users.
Police will continue to prioritise enforcement for the Fatal 5.
And … if it’s flooded, forget it!