Fatality Free Friday asks drivers to make a pledge to drive safely.
Fatality Free Friday asks drivers to make a pledge to drive safely. FILE

Make a pledge to save lives

FATALITY Free Friday is about encouraging people to demonstrate their commitment to reducing the nation's road toll.

It's a challenge local police hope drivers will take up, as the annual event takes place on Friday, May 25.

This year's theme, "choose road safety”, challenges people to make a public road safety pledge.

To honour this, Nanango Police Station is hosting an event on Monday afternoon for community members to make their own personal pledge.

From 3pm, people can head down to the station to sign an inflatable car and make their own commitment to helping reduce the region's road toll.

As of May 14, 2018, the south west police district's road toll stood at 10, double the fatality rate of this time last year.

Cr Roz Frohloff will be at the station on Monday to make her own pledge and remind drivers of road safety.

"Fatality Free Friday aims to get everyone back on track,” she said.

"People just become too complacent when they're driving and this campaign is a timely reminder of the effects that speed and fatigue have on our driving.”

Cr Frohloff said fatalities in regional communities had far-reaching effects.

"I was a paramedic for 20 years around this region so I've been to a lot of fatalities,” she said.

"Even if people don't know the victim personally, it has a major impact throughout regional towns.”

With the countdown continuing to May 25, police are urging road users to pay particular attention to factors which contribute to the road toll.

These include the Fatal Five: speeding, failing to wear seat belts, drink and drug driving, distraction and fatigue.