ON THE ROAD: Kingaroy Constable Glenn Hytch will be part of the crews on patrol to encourage South Burnett drivers to be safe.
ON THE ROAD: Kingaroy Constable Glenn Hytch will be part of the crews on patrol to encourage South Burnett drivers to be safe. Jessica McGrath

Message not getting through as road deaths rise

WITH fatal road accidents increasing from last year, Kingaroy police are frustrated South Burnett drivers are not getting the safety message.

Senior Sergeant Dave Tierney said data showed drivers in the Southern policing region, which includes the South Burnett, were not understanding the importance of the fatal five message.

"In comparison to last year, fatal road accidents (in the Southern policing region) are up by eight," he said.

 

Snr Sgt Tierney said the majority of car crashes in the Dalby-Burnett region were due to human error, but also people with limited or no traffic history.

"An overwhelming number of these accidents are attributed to human error," Snr Sgt Tierney said.

The fatal five is a road safety campaign run by the Queensland Police Service, focussing on greater awareness of the effects of speeding, drink driving, drug driving, medication and driving, fatigue, distraction and the need to wear seat belts.

Kingaroy police have recently observed drivers excessively speeding.

Officers spotted a driver of a Ford Falcon travelling at 149km/h in a 100km/h zone along the D'Aguilar Highway at Coolabunia on October 24 at 8pm.

"The driver doing the 149km told police, he had been travelling at approximately 160km/h and was letting off steam after finishing a stressful shift at work," Snr Sgt Tierney said.

Police officers also caught another driver in a Holden Commodore travelling 147km/h in the 100km/h zone in the same spot at 7am on October 30.

Drivers with speeding offences like this have their licences immediately suspended for six months, and are eligible for tickets or charges.

"People just aren't getting the message," he said.

With the Christmas season approaching, police will be rolling out more traffic patrols and more enforcement to keep Queensland roads as safe as possible.