Senior Constable Mel Ryan signs her pledge for Fatality Free Friday.
Senior Constable Mel Ryan signs her pledge for Fatality Free Friday. Felicity Ripper

Drivers urged to make pledge for safer Burnett roads

Burnett residents are being invited to make the pledge to drive safely and help beat road trauma ahead of Fatality Free Friday next week.

This comes after a 43-year-old motorbike rider died in hospital overnight after a traffic crash on Haly St, Kingaroy, yesterday.


The Department of Transport and Main Roads manager for road safety, Wayne Crofts, encouraged members of the community to sign an inflatable vehicle to demonstrate their commitment to road safety.

"Losing someone they love in a road crash is the terrifying reality for too many Queenslanders each year," Mr Crofts said.

"But we can all make a difference, and the key to road safety is in the hands of every road user - whether they drive a car, motorbike, heavy vehicle or ride a bike."

Community members will have the opportunity to write their pledge on one of the inflatable life-sized pledge cars in Kingaroy on Monday, May 27.


The car will be at Kingaroy Shoppingworld from 9-11am.

"We call on road users to be vigilant, respect other road users and be aware of the fatal five, which are the common causes of road fatalities," Mr Crofts said.

"Last year 245 people were killed on Queensland roads, and thousands more were seriously injured. We need to commit to make our roads as safe as possible."

Mr Crofts said residents could choose road safety by making a pledge to always be fit to drive, stay focused on the road, scan the road ahead, keep a safe distance and by driving to suit road conditions.