Stay­ing safe is ev­ery­body’s re­spon­si­bil­ity

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

COUN­TRY roads are a par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar place to drive on for day trip­pers, road en­thu­si­asts and mo­tor­cy­clists dur­ing week­ends and hol­i­days.

Lowood Police Of­fi­cer in Charge Se­nior Sergeant Sam Sil­cock said road safety was ev­ery­body’s re­spon­si­bil­ity and ac­ci­dents oc­curred when peo­ple chose not to be re­spon­si­ble and abide by the rules.

It was es­pe­cially im­por­tant to be on your toes if there were a higher vol­ume of traf­fic on the road.

“Lowood has a unique po­si­tion in that, while there are many peo­ple who live within the Lowood pa­trol group and hence use our roads every day, there is also a sig­nif­i­cant pop­u­la­tion in­crease over the week­ends and hol­i­days as tourists travel to the dams and other events held within the district,” Sen-sgt Sil­cock said.

“Every crash has a con­tribut­ing factor and very of­ten is one of, or a com­bi­na­tion of the fa­tal five – speed, drink and drug-driv­ing, seat­belts, fa­tigue and dis­trac­tion.”

To­day and to­mor­row, there will be a high vis­i­bil­ity of police on the Bris­bane Val­ley High­way, as well as other mo­bile sites, fo­cus­ing on heavy ve­hi­cles and de­fec­tive ve­hi­cles.

Cof­fee with a Cop will be held in the Fern­vale shop­ping precinct on Fri­day to of­fer res­i­dents a chance to talk to police in an in­for­mal set­ting.

PHOTO: FILE

SLOW DOWN: Police will be out in force across Road Safety Week.

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