BBQ promotes road safety
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.