Gladstone region police are extremely concerned at the continued flouting of the road rules by drivers willing to risk lives on our highways.
Gladstone region police are extremely concerned at the continued flouting of the road rules by drivers willing to risk lives on our highways. Kerri-Anne Mesner

Police concerned over stupidity

THERE needs to be a dramatic change in drivers' attitudes for any reduction in the road toll to occur, according to senior police.

Gladstone region police are extremely concerned at the continued flouting of the road rules by drivers willing to risk lives on our highways.

Last weekend's Mount Larcom double fatality, the near-miss accidents and high number of speeding drivers will make police even more diligent in there enforcment of the traffic regulations.

Gladstone district Traffic Branch officer-in-charge Acting Senior Sergeant Chris Lette wants drivers to take responsibility for adhering to the laws surrounding the fatal four: speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt, drink-driving and fatigue.

“From the start of the school holidays, it's obvious a lot of drivers have decided to ignore not only safety messages, but also the day-to-day road rules,” Acting Snr Sgt Lette said.

“The start to the holidays can only be described as being very disappointing.”

Police were alarmed at the speeds drivers were doing in the wake of the double fatality on Sunday. People were clocked driving above 140kmh and one above 150kmh.

Gladstone district's Acting Inspector Mike Dixon said drivers needed to travel to road conditions, and keep in mind heavy rain, heavy traffic, fog and other prevailing factors.

“In other words, motorists need to travel below the maximum speed limit due to these conditions,” he said.

Long journeys took a toll on reflexes and decisions, and people need to be aware of the danger fatigue could be.

“Drivers need to identify fatigue, rest at regular intervals and manage time to avoid fatigue and the loss of concentration,” he said.



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