Police survey the scene of a fatal crash in the South Burnett last year … they are urging motorists to take the Road Safety Pledge

May 28, 2020

Police are urging South Burnett residents to take the Road Safety Pledge on Fatality Free Friday (May 29).

District Officer Superintendent Gareth Channels said the devastating effects of road trauma had led to 88 deaths on Queensland roads so far this year, compared with 77 for the same period last year.

In Southern Region roads – which includes the South Burnett – there have been 29 deaths to date.

Contributing causes included driving too fast for the conditions, failing to wear a seat belt, failing to wear a motorcycle helmet, driving under the influence of drugs and or alcohol, driving while fatigued and failing to give way.

Friday has been identified as the peak day for injury crashes and between 3:00pm and 5:00pm is the peak time. May is the highest month.

“Road safety is a shared responsibility. Everyone in the community must play their part in road safety,” Superintendent Channels said.

“The Queensland Police Service has a role in enforcement and with our emergency service colleagues we see first-hand the devastation of crashes on our roads.

“Police will continue to target the Fatal Five: speeding, drink and drug driving, fatigue, inattention and distractions, seat belt and child restraint use.

“I urge you to assess your personal road safety choices every time you get into a vehicle.

“I encourage every person that is a road user to take the Road Safety Pledge for Fatality Free Friday.”

  • The Pledge can be taken online

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The Road Safety Pledge

I will:

  • Always be fit to drive
  • Stay focussed on the road
  • Scan the road ahead
  • Keep a safe distance
  • Drive to suit the conditions

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