Crack­down on road risk

Bur­nett po­lice will be out in force th­ese school hol­i­days

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

PO­LICE are re­mind­ing driv­ers to pay close at­ten­tion to the Fa­tal Five af­ter a num­ber of car crashes in the North Bur­nett.

The warn­ing came af­ter a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash took place west of Eidsvold at 1.45pm on Sun­day.

The driver and pas­sen­ger were not se­ri­ously in­jured but their ve­hi­cle was sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged.

Eidsvold po­lice Se­nior Con­sta­ble Justin Sta­ples said with school hol­i­days com­ing up, po­lice will be crack­ing down on risky be­hav­iour.

“It’s a timely warn­ing for driv­ers that they have to be care­ful when they’re in a ve­hi­cle,” Snr Const Sta­ples said.

“Driv­ers have to un­der­stand the Fa­tal Five,

❝ It’s a timely warn­ing for driv­ers that they have to be care­ful when they’re in a ve­hi­cle. — Snr Const Justin Sta­ples

which is speed­ing, drink and drug-driv­ing, fail­ure to wear a seat belt, driver fa­tigue and dis­trac­tion.

“We see far too many ac­ci­dents take place and it’s im­por­tant that driv­ers are aware that it is dan­ger­ous and you need to be care­ful.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice web­site, dis­trac­tion is one of the main causes of road crashes and ac­counts for one in four in­ci­dents.

The Fa­tal Five was cre­ated as a way of re­duc­ing road ac­ci­dents by high­light­ing the top five fac­tors that con­trib­ute to it.

Op­er­a­tion Cold Snap will be launched from June 23 to July 14, with po­lice main­tain­ing a highly vis­i­ble pres­ence on the high­ways.

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