Be­ware of four killers

Central and North Burnett Times - - DRIVER SAFETY AWARENESS 2012 - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

THEChrist­mas hol­i­days fill us all with happy thoughts but in­creased traf­fic on our roads means in­creased risk.

Monto Po­lice Sta­tion’s Sergean­tWerner Crous says the top four killers on the roads are fa­tigue, speed, drink driv­ing and not wear­ing a seat belt.

And driv­ing while us­ing a mo­bile phone is an added risk, he said.

“Be­fore you leave home plan your stops and al­ways be pa­tient,” Sgt Crous said.

“Peo­ple of­ten get im­pa­tient when go­ing up a range or be­ing stuck be­hind a car­a­van where there are no pass­ing lanes.

“If you are pa­tient you can bet­ter per­ceive dan­gers and be less in­clined to take risks.

“Make your drive part of your hol­i­day, not just a means to an end.” When trav­el­ling at 100km per hour a ve­hi­cle is mov­ing at 27.8m per sec­ond.

Sgt Crous said if you had a fol­low­ing dis­tance of three sec­onds and some­one cut in front of you, it took only three sec­onds off your jour­ney to drop back again.

“There are 1.5 sec­onds from per­cep­tion to re­ac­tion so it makes sense to al­low longer fol­low­ing dis­tances be­tween ve­hi­cles,” he said.

“Look­ing af­ter your hy­dra­tion is the key to de­creas­ing your fa­tigue lev­els and­when you do feel tired please stop and rest.”

Sgt Crous said there would be an in­creased po­lice pres­ence on the roads dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­days. He said he would pre­fer not to write any speed­ing tick­ets or catch any drink drivers if it meant peo­ple were be­ing safe.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

KEEP­ING SAFE: Monto’s Sergean­tWerner Crous would pre­fer not to catch any­one do­ing the wrong thing on the roads.

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