Rider’s death just days ahead of blitz

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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