Rider’s death just days ahead of blitz
THE launch of a monthlong road safety blitz got off to a terrible start when a motorcyclist from Gayndah died after a crash along Mt Perry Rd.
Just days before police announced the campaign, targeting the Fatal 5, the 41-year-old man’s bike and a car collided at the intersection of Mt Perry and Moore Park Rds, at 4.50pm on Friday.
The rider was taken to Bundaberg Hospital with life-threatening injuries and died a short time later.
A 41-year-old woman was also treated at the hospital for injuries.
Bundaberg police Acting Inspector Grant Marcus said the road toll had to be reduced.
“These road crashes aren’t accidents – they are caused by deliberate actions of road users,” he said.
During August, police will be targeting the Fatal 5 errors – fatigue, drink-driving, speeding, not wearing seatbelts, and distraction and inattention.
Today marks the beginning of the first week, when Acting Insp Marcus said they would be saturating motorists with knowledge on fatigue.
“People need to be aware of the danger signs of fatigue – heavy eyelids, car entering other lanes, day dreaming, seeing things and having a delayed reaction,” he said.