HOW MANY MORE?
FIVE people have died on roads in the Tara region in the past eight weeks, devastating the close-knit community.
Now the town is putting its best foot forward.
Leading the charge is Tara officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Greg Finucane, who said safety messages needed to stick from here on out.
“It just comes down to inattention from drivers. They’ve got to realise they need to drive according to road conditions,” Sen Sgt Finucane said.
“The majority of crashes on Queensland roads come down to the Fatal Five of speeding, drink driving, fatigue, no seatbelts and distractions like mobile phones.
“We’re in an area where people are travelling longer distances and get a bit complacent and don’t concentrate as much.”
Sen Sgt Finucane has been in Tara a little longer than two years and said he had never experienced such a serious string of incidents.
“We’ve had more crashes in the last two months than just the four with the fatalities,” he said.
“They’re called crashes for a reason, they’re not usually accidents. Crashes can be avoided.”
Sen Sgt Finucane said the whole community had been affected, including the emergency services.
TIMELY REMINDER: Senior Sergeant Greg Finucane and his team want people to think about what they’re doing when they get behind the wheel.