Huge policing effort results in zero road deaths for region

WITH the dust settling after a hectic festive period for the region's law enforcement officers, one word springs to mind for the Christmas road policing campaign - successful.

The Capricornia District recorded a much-welcomed zero fatalities from December 23, 2013, to January 3, 2014, a period every year which is synonymous with road trauma across the country.

Brisbane-based Road Policing Command Acting Inspector Jeff Douglas said the lack of fatalities was the result of a flood of resources being thrown at the campaign - 3960 man hours in total.

"We've poured human and physical resources into addressing the holiday period as a whole," Acting Insp Douglas said.

With the 2013 state road toll down on 2012 figures, 271 down from 280, despite the fact there were 12 injury crashes which left 17 injured on Capricornia roads during the danger period, Acting Insp Douglas was adamant it was vital that fatalities on the region's roads were reduced.

"The thing that pleases us most is the zero fatalities," he said. "If someone's injured, hopefully it's just a broken leg etc, that'll mend, but if you're dead then you're dead.

"While ever we can reduce fatalities and road trauma we'll be very pleased."

During the 11-day period in the Capricornia district, 870 speeding tickets were issued by police patrols, and 641 by camera detections.

A staggering 12,348 random breath tests were carried out, nabbing 58 drink drivers.

This important data is helping police map problem areas, thanks to their Intelligent Tasking Analysis System.

"With I-TAS we're able to access our crash, crime, ticketing and RBT databases, suck information from them and map where problem areas are," he said.

"We can then work out where these areas are and reduce road trauma figures."

BY THE NUMBERS

December 23, 2013 to January 3, 2014:

  • 3960 officer hours logged
  • 870 speeding tickets issued by police patrols, 641 speed camera detections
  • 38 seatbelt infringements and 16 mobile phone-related infringements issued
  • 12,348 RBTs conducted, with 58 drivers returning positive readings
  • State 2013 road toll was 271, down from 280 in 2012


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