Bad drivers targeted
BAD drivers are in the crosshairs of North Burnett police.
Road safety and the fatal five are high priorities as traffic infringements burden police.
Officer in Charge of Gayndah Police, Sergeant Lucas Hampson said six traffic infringements had been issued last week, including two drink driving charges on Saturday night.
“Our focus at the mo- ment, state wide, is traffic enforcement,” Sgt Hampson said.
The State Government has confirmed it is looking at new ways to freshen up its road safety cam- paigns and has not ruled out increasing the fines for speeders.
“I will certainly be looking at those things in consultation with Minister for Transport to ensure we have a balanced approached to it,” Police Minister Jack Dempsey said.
But for now, Mr Dempsey said he wanted to see more police on the road.
Sgt Hampson said local police would be patroll- ing and looking out for the Fatal Five.
“Police will be on the roads so if you are speeding, expect to be prosecuted,” he said.
“With an increase in traffic... we have picked up a lot of speeders.”
Sgt Hampson said other localised problems had been fatigue and distractions.
The comments come as Queensland’s road toll has reached 99 – 15 higher than the same time last year.
In the face of a shocking year for road crashes, Mr Dempsey and Transport Minister Scott Emerson on Thursday launched the Fatality Free Friday campaign.
The road safety initiative pushes for no fatalities on Friday, May 31, in light of the fact one in five fatalities occurred on a Friday in Queensland last year.