BBQ pro­motes road safety

Chinchilla News - - LIFE | OUR COLUMNISTS - Ju­lia Baker Ju­lia.Baker@chin­

CHIN­CHILLA po­lice fired up the bar­be­cue this week for a com­mu­nity sausage siz­zle in a bid to raise aware­ness about be­ing safe be­hind the wheel.

Lo­cal of­fi­cers were out and about on Tues­day to pro­mote Road Safety Week, which runs from Au­gust 21–25.

Con­sta­ble Matt Tr­us­cott said the week was pri­mar­ily about high­light­ing the fa­tal five: speed­ing, drink and drug driv­ing, fa­tigue, seat belts and dis­trac­tion and inat­ten­tion.

“Our sausage siz­zle is a registered event to raise a bit of a com­mu­nity aware­ness and to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and we can an­swer any ques­tions they may have in re­gards to traf­fic,” he said.

“Es­sen­tially, we’re run­ning a traf­fic-re­lated week where we’ll be tar­get­ing those and do­ing tar­geted RBTs through­out the week.

“We have sup­port from state traf­fic force and the ran­dom drug test­ing unit from Brisbane through­out the week.”

Const Tr­us­cott said the op­er­a­tion would be run­ning in Chin­chilla, Miles, Tara, Dalby and Kin­garoy.

“Be­ing that we’re still a coun­try town, on coun­try roads we see a fair bit of speed and dan­ger­ous lev­els of speed, there’s a men­tal­ity that we’re in the coun­try so you can drive any speed you want,” Const Tr­us­cott said.

“We see drink driv­ing a lot here too, no more than any­where else, it’s a prob­lem ev­ery­where.”

Const Tr­us­cott said the eas­i­est way to stay safe on the road was to heed the fa­tal five.

“Fol­low the speed limit, be mind­ful of fa­tigue – if you feel tired you shouldn’t be driv­ing, it’s been proven that driv­ing tired can be as bad as drink and drug driv­ing, which is the ob­vi­ous one and there is no ex­cuse for drink or drug driv­ing,” he said.

“Tex­ting and driv­ing is a prob­lem as well. Look how quickly it takes for you to be on the phone and not pay at­ten­tion but in two sec­onds you can be on the other side of the road.”

STAY­ING SAFE: Con­sta­bles Alyce Mo­ran and Matt Tr­us­cott pro­mote Road Safety Week with a free sausage siz­zle.

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