HOW MANY MORE?

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

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.

PHOTO: SAM FLANA­GAN

TIMELY RE­MINDER: Se­nior Sergeant Greg Fin­u­cane and his team want peo­ple to think about what they’re do­ing when they get be­hind the wheel.

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