Stick to the road rules, says Meadows

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

STICK to the road rules and be aware of your sur­round­ings, Port Dou­glas of­fi­cer in charge Sgt Damian Meadows ad­vised road users this week.

“It all boils down to driver be­hav­iour. We all need to put our heads in the game,” he said.

Sgt Meadows re­minded the pub­lic that po­lice can only do so much. Dur­ing the week­end of the dou­ble fa­tal­ity near El­lis Beach, in­volv­ing a cou­ple on a mo­tor­bike, there was a heavy po­lice pres­ence.

“You couldn’t have asked for a greater po­lice pres­ence that week­end.

“Road traf­fic po­lice work­ing 24 hours a day in con­junc­tion with Car­ni­vale and there were two sep­a­rate speed cam­eras op­er­at­ing on the high­way, one not far from where the in­ci­dent took place.

“Even though there’s a sig­nif­i­cant po­lice pres­ence some­times th­ese ac­ci­dents will con­tinue to hap­pen if the pub­lic don’t abide by the rules,” Sgt Meadows said.

Two other ac­ci­dents, one fa­tal­ity in Cow Bay and one se­ri­ous in­ci­dent near Oak Beach also in­volved mo­tor­cy­cles.

“As mo­torists, we all need to pay at­ten­tion, es­pe­cially when mo­tor­cy­cles are around.

“You can’t walk away from mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dents, there’s no way in the world you’re not get­ting a trip to hos­pi­tal,” Sgt Meadows said.

He said po­lice can’t ap­pre­hend wrong­do­ers if it means do­ing a U-turn on nar­row, busy roads. In­stead, he asks that peo­ple bring dash­cam ev­i­dence to the po­lice.

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