Mo­torists, pay at­ten­tion

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Do­minic Elsome do­minic.elsome@gat­ton­star.com.au

PAY at­ten­tion so you don’t pay the price.

That’s the mes­sage Lai­d­ley of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Re­gan Dra­heim wants road users to take on board this Road Safety Week.

He said driver inat­ten­tion was the big­gest is­sue on our re­gion’s roads and it needed to change.

“We tend to find that it’s the main cause or factor of al­most all our traf­fic crashes. We had a traf­fic crash to­day (Mon­day) in the main street, sim­ply some­one not pay­ing at­ten­tion,” Sen-sgt Dra­heim said.

He said the area also had a prob­lem with mo­torists driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs, and the sta­tis­tics were con­cern­ing.

“We do have some dis­turb­ing fig­ures when it comes to drug driv­ing in this area as well,” he said.

“When the Road Polic­ing Unit come down, they are shocked by the amount of drug driv­ers they de­tect in the area.”

He said too of­ten mo­torists caught driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence be­lieved they wouldn’t be caught, de­spite police rou­tinely tar­get­ing prob­lem ar­eas and events.

“It be­lies be­lief,” he said. “The mind­set is not that it’s dan­ger­ous, they just don’t think they’ll get caught.

“It’s a mind­set that we need to change.”

Sen-sgt Dra­heim said at­ti­tudes to driv­ing needed to change and ev­ery­one had to be a part of it.

“Driv­ing on the road is a priv­i­lege, it’s not a right, and peo­ple need to un­der­stand that with that priv­i­lege comes re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” he said.

Road users can ex­pect an in­creased police pres­ence on the roads dur­ing Road Safety Week, August 27-31.

PHOTO: DO­MINIC ELSOME

MAKE A CHANGE: Lai­d­ley of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Re­gan Dra­heim wants at­ti­tudes to driv­ing to change.

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