POLICE BLITZ ON QUEENS­LAND

Of­fend­ers are putting lives at risk

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

THE Queens­land police were out in force dur­ing the Easter long week­end, tar­get­ing speed­ing, drink driv­ers and drug driv­ers, as a means to re­duce the road toll.

Police say 182 driv­ers across the state tested pos­i­tive to drugs since the start of the five-day Easter cam­paign last Thurs­day.

This com­pares to only 50 driv­ers dur­ing the same pe­riod in 2015.

Queens­land’s 2016 road toll cur­rently stands at 54. SPEED­ING 2015: 19,021 2016: 13,913 DRINK DRIV­ING 2015: 325 2016: 308 DRUG DRIV­ING 2015: 50 2016: 182 (Source: Queens­land Police. Sta­tis­tics from pe­riod of Thurs­day to Sun­day)

Driver dis­trac­tion has been iden­ti­fied as a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in 22% of car crashes and 71% of truck crashes. Us­ing a mo­bile phone while driv­ing is highly dis­tract­ing and in­creases your risk of a crash four-fold.

It’s a warn­ing to put down your phone when driv­ing.

De­spite the many dan­gers on Queens­land roads and il­le­gal­ity, about 25% of re­cently sur­veyed Queens­land driv­ers re­ported us­ing their mo­bile phone be­hind the wheel on a daily ba­sis, while 14% re­ported us­ing their mo­bile to send a text mes­sage.

It’s a grow­ing con­cern for police of­fi­cers around the state as the num­ber of al­co­hol and drug driv­ers keeps climb­ing.

It’s the num­ber one con­trib­u­tor in about 30% of fa­tal crashes.

More than one-in-five driv­ers and riders killed on Aus­tralian roads have a BAC ex­ceed­ing the le­gal limit.

Fa­tigue is one of the lead­ing fac­tors con­tribut­ing to road crashes.

A driver who has been awake for a to­tal of 17 hours has a driv­ing abil­ity sim­i­lar to a driver with a blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion (BAC) of 0.05.

Fa­tigue crashes are usu­ally se­vere, re­sult­ing in se­ri­ous in­jury and death, as the driver makes no at­tempt to avoid or pre­vent the crash.

The rel­a­tive risk of dy­ing as a re­sult of a fa­tigue-re­lated crash in ru­ral ar­eas of Queens­land is 13.5 times higher than the risk in ur­ban ar­eas.

It’s time for driv­ers to think be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel.

PHOTO: NI­COLA BRAN­DER

DEADLY ACT: Young driv­ers are heed­ing mes­sages around speed­ing and drink driv­ing but con­tinue to play with their phones while op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

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