Constable Jemma Grant makes a pledge for road safety ahead of Fatality free Friday.
Constable Jemma Grant makes a pledge for road safety ahead of Fatality free Friday. Claudia Williams

Police drive home road safety message

STAYING focused on the road is the key to reducing fatalities across the South Burnett according to Kingaroy Senior Sergeant Dave Tierney.

More police will be out on the region's roads for the annual Fatality Free Friday this week, and Snr Sgt Tierney hopes the increased presence will drive home the road safety message.

"By having more police cars out there it will hopefully modify people's behaviour, and realise doing 20km/h over the speed limit doesn't get you there any quicker,” he said.

"Road safety is the whole community's responsibility not just the police, fireys' or ambos' or Queensland transport. It is the whole community.”

Snr Sgt Tierney stressed the importance of driving to the conditions, including adjusting speed due to the state of the road or the weather, being in the right frame of mind, and being physically fit to drive.

"The biggest message is to drive to the conditions,” he said.

"We don't call them accidents any more, they are called traffic incidents or traffic crashes because every one of them we go to is preventable.

"If you know there are big potholes, 60km/h is the maximum speed limit, not what you have to do.”