Coun­try cop goes to UN to save lives

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - RE­NEE VIELLARIS

QUEENS­LAND cop-turned Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment back­bencher Llew O’Brien has ex­traor­di­nar­ily ad­dressed the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly in New York to call for more global ac­tion on road safety.

The mile­stone speech, which urged coun­tries to spend more on in­fra­struc­ture to pro­tect its cit­i­zens, comes as The Sun­day Mail can re­veal Mr O’Brien (pic­tured) has been hold­ing pri­vate meet­ings with the Prime Min­is­ter and Trea­surer about boost­ing road safety in re­gional Queens­land.

The former coun­try cop­per, who got sick of watch­ing peo­ple die from bad driv­ing or bad roads, said he had a heavy heart while at the podium.

He told The Courier-Mail af­ter his speech, that in his heart he was think­ing of the d dead while re­veal­ing Aust tralia’s ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mr O’Brien, who h holds the seat of Wide Bay, said Aus­tralia sup­ported global ef­forts to ad­dress road safety.

“We recog­nise the im­por­tance of set­ting am­bi­tious tar­gets to re­duce deaths and in­juries from road crashes,’’ he told the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly. “This year’s Res­o­lu­tion on Im­prov­ing Global Road Safety ex­presses con­cern that at the cur­rent rate of progress, the tar­get to halve global deaths and in­juries by 2020 will not be met.”

Af­ter his ad­dress, Mr O’Brien said he was hum­bled by the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“When I stood alone at that fa­mous podium I felt I was very much in the com­pany of many peo­ple I had en­coun­tered along my jour­ney ... peo­ple taken be­fore their time by road crashes I had at­tended.”

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