Don’t be­come a road statis­tic

Po­lice beg Christ­mas drivers to be care­ful

Central and North Burnett Times - - DRIVER SAFETY AWARENESS 2012 -

A HOR­ROR year on Queens­land roads has left the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice with one Christ­mas wish: safety on our roads.

QPS has al­ready wit­nessed 14 more deaths than last year’s road toll, with 251 peo­ple hav­ing lost their lives be­fore the Christ­mas hol­i­days.

This hol­i­day pe­riod will see po­lice out in force in an ef­fort to keep the roads safer.

Mary­bor­ough district Su­per­in­ten­dent Mark Stiles said the re­gion had al­ready suf­fered enough.

“Our com­mu­ni­ties are sig­nif­i­cantly over on the road toll,” Supt Stiles said.

“We are try­ing to be highly vis­i­ble and be seen,” he said.

“The pres­sure is now on road trauma.

“There is a sig­nif­i­cant drive for us to be on the road.”

Mo­torists must be par­tic­u­larly vig­i­lant with ex­ten­sive work cur­rently un­der way on the re­con­struc­tion of flood and rain-dam­aged roads.

Traf­fic con­trollers, sin­gle lane clo­sures and speed re­stric­tions are in place on nine roads cov­er­ing more than 85km in the North Bur­nett.

Mem­ber for Cal­lide Jeff Seeney said the works pre­dom­i­nately in­cluded sta­bil­i­sa­tion, road sur­fac­ing and shoul­der wi­den­ing works to re­con­struct dam­aged roads.

The works will of­fer a safer road net­work for the re­gion, but mo­torists must be alert to any re­stric­tions in place dur­ing re­con­struc­tion.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

ROAD SAFETY: Cau­tion must be taken around road­works in the North Bur­nett dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod.

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