Bad driv­ers tar­geted

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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