Travel safely on our roads

Christ­mas will de­liver ac­ci­dents

Central Queensland News - - NEWS - Aden Stokes Aden.Stokes@cqnews.com.au

WITH school wrap­ping up for the year and fam­i­lies around the re­gion re­lax­ing and en­ter­ing into hol­i­day mode, a lot of peo­ple will be driving long dis­tances and ac­ci­dents will be at their peak.

Of­fi­cer-in-charge of Emer­ald Road Polic­ing Unit Sergeant Brad Weeks said his mes­sage for Christ­mas is to be safe.

“If you are go­ing to be driving long dis­tances please plan ahead,” Sgt Weeks said.

“Have plenty of rest be­fore and dur­ing your trip, don’t drink or take drugs and drive, don’t be dis­tracted, make sure you and all of your pas­sen­gers are wear­ing a seat­belt prop­erly fit­ted and give your­self plenty of time to reach your des­ti­na­tion so you don’t have to speed.”

Sgt Weeks said ac­ci­dents and re­ceiv­ing a fine are not the only things that can ruin your hol­i­day.

“If your car breaks down in the mid­dle of nowhere it can be very dis­tress­ing and even dan­ger­ous,” he said.

“Have a quick check of your ve­hi­cle be­fore you leave.

“At least check the oil and and fluid lev­els, check the tyre pres­sures and con­di­tion.

“Most tyre out­lets can do an in­ex­pen­sive quick tyre and sus­pen­sion safety check for you.

“If it’s been a long time since you’ve have had your ve­hi­cle me­chan­i­cally in­spected, right now is a great time to see your lo­cal me­chanic be­fore head­ing off on hol­i­days.”

Sgt Weeks also wanted to re­mind fam­i­lies who have a learner driver to not let them drive a long dis­tance with­out reg­u­lar breaks.

“It’s very im­por­tant to give them as much ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble and I know they need to get their hours up, but don’t for­get that they are still learn­ing,” Sgt Weeks said.

“By all means give them some ex­pe­ri­ence on the high­ways, but long dis­tance driving can not only be dif­fi­cult for the learner driver, it can also be dif­fi­cult for the in­struct­ing person to stay fo­cused on teach­ing and watch­ing.

“It only takes a frac­tion of a sec­ond of not watch­ing the learner driver for them to make a cat­a­strophic er­ror.

“My fi­nal mes­sage is to have a very Merry Christ­mas and re­turn home safe and sound.’’

If you are go­ing to be driving long dis­tances please plan ahead. — Sgt Brad Weeks

PHOTO: KRIS­TEN BOOTH

ROAD SAFETY: Emer­ald po­lice urge fam­i­lies to stay safe on the roads over the Christ­mas hol­i­days.

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