DRINK DRIVING ON THE RADAR
Police targeting Fatal Five on roads these school holidays:
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.