DRINK DRIV­ING ON THE RADAR

Po­lice tar­get­ing Fatal Five on roads th­ese school hol­i­days:

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

NORTH Bur­nett po­lice are re­mind­ing driv­ers th­ese school hol­i­days to be mind­ful of their speed after se­ri­ous in­ci­dents on the road this past week.

The re­minder comes after five peo­ple were killed on roads within 14 hours of Op­er­a­tion Cold Snap com­ing into ac­tion.

In the Cen­tral Queens­land re­gion, which en­com­passes the Bur­nett, the road toll this year is at 40 fa­tal­i­ties, com­pared to 31 in 2016.

Re­cent road in­ci­dents in­clude a 19-year-old man who was ly­ing in the south­bound lane of Mary­bor­ough St in Bund­aberg South when a car ran him over.

The young man was taken to Bund­aberg Base Hospi­tal where he re­mains with se­ri­ous injuries.

Act­ing Sergeant Rob­bie Yar­row of Mun­dub­bera po­lice said it was im­por­tant driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans abided by the road rules.

He warned that drink driv­ing would not be tol­er­ated.

“Th­ese school hol­i­days we’ll be tar­get­ing the Fatal Five,” Sgt Yar­row said.

The Fatal Five are speeding, drink driv­ing, fail­ure to wear a seat­belt, driver fa­tigue and dis­trac­tion.

Min­is­ter for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bai­ley urged mo­torists to be cau­tious when driv­ing after a “ter­ri­ble” six months on Queens­land roads.

“It’s ab­so­lutely gut-wrench­ing ev­ery time I hear of an­other fa­tal­ity on our roads,” Mr Bai­ley said.

“That fa­tal­ity is more than just a statis­tic, it’s a mother, fa­ther, child, brother or sis­ter that’s just been trag­i­cally killed and that has far-reach­ing emo­tional trauma through­out an en­tire com­mu­nity.”

Op­er­a­tion Cold Snap will run un­til July 14 tar­get­ing dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

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