VIDEO: Roads in CQ most dangerous place for people to be
DEATH and serious injury should not be "part and parcel" of using Queensland roads.
That's the message police across the state are trying to get across to all road users as Road Safety Week 2015 and Traffic Operation North Typhoon gets underway this week.
Rockhampton District Officer and Queensland Superintendent Ron Van Saane launched the campaign and operation for the Capricornia Police District in Rockhampton yesterday morning.
The launch involved the Superintendent, with the support of the Rocky police team, unveiling the distinctive Capricornia "Pace Car".
Superintendent Van Saane said police hoped to increase community engagement and knowledge of road safety throughout the campaign.
"Already across this district in the past 12 months we have lost 10 people on the road through preventable deaths," Superintendent Van Saane said.
"The roads are the most dangerous place for people to be every day.
"The aim of the pace car is to increase community engagement and knowledge of particularly high-risk areas such as school zones and roadworks.
"This vehicle will be driving through those areas and pacing those other vehicles to make them slow down and pay attention."
Each day of the campaign will focus on one of the fatal five road safety issues and problem behaviours. Yesterday, police focused on driver distraction and will today target speeding before honing in on fatigue and restraints, sharing the road and drink and drug driving over the next few days.
In 2013, driver distraction contributed to 19 fatalities and 1,343 hospitalised casualties on Queensland roads.
However, the true extent to which distractions contributes to road crashes is likely to be higher because drivers will not necessarily admit to police that they were distracted when a crash occurred.
Despite the dangers and illegality, 76% of Queenslanders use their phone illegally in the car.
- In the car, switch your phone to silent so you're not tempted.
- Keep your phone out of sight. Consider placing it in the glove box.
- Pull over safely before grabbing your phone or GPS.