Stick to the road rules, says Meadows
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.