Speed message contradiction

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

SPEEDING kills.

That's the message being spread by police in the lead up to Christmas, but according to the Motorcycle Riders' Association of Queensland (MRAQ) too much emphasis is being placed on speed.

MRAQ president Adrian Toscano said police resources were being directed towards speed detection, which only accounted for five percent of the total number of crashes in the state in 2002, while other areas received little or no investment by comparison.

However, Central Regional traffic co-ordinator inspector Dennis Smith said speed was a major factor on our roads.

"From 1999 to 2003, speed related accidents made up seven per cent of all crashes (in the Gladstone region), and over those years there has been a steady increase in speed-related crashes,'' Insp Smith said.

He said every kilometre over the speed limit increased the danger and risk of having an accident.

"Irrespective of the statistics we're saying one death is too many ? education but it's just one string to our bow, enforcement and deterents are just as important and effective,'' Insp Smith said.



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