It’s Road Safety Week, and Queensland Police are urging motorists to speak up and be heard.
Senior Sergeant, Adrian Rieck, says Road Safety Week is the perfect opportunity for locals to take action on the roads and speak up.
“The theme for this year is “speak up for road safety”. So what we’re asking people to do is take that challenge. Make that commitment that sometime during this week, you’re going to change a driving habit of your own,” he says.
Monday will see a focus on ‘Distractions’, Tuesday will look into ‘Speed’, Wednesday will be about ‘Fatigue and Restraints’, Thursday is al about ‘Sharing the Road’ and finally Friday Queensland Police will focus on ‘Drink and Drug Driving’.
All of us have encountered at least one of these focus points on the road, and Sergeant Rieck says this week is a good time to curb any of these bad habits.
“The biggest thing about Road Safety Week is us engaging with the public this week, and drivers actually taking that commitment to say ‘you know what, I may have some bad habits, I should change that habit,’”
“And this is the week that we’re asking you to pledge, speak up for road safety and make a change so that we’re all safer on our roads,” he says.
Today’s theme is “Distractions” and as we all know, taking your eyes off the road for just a split second can have some devastating consequences.
And we might need reminding that mobile phone use in the car is extremely dangerous and not to mention illegal. Queensland Police reported that approximately 76 per cent of Queenslanders use their mobile phones illegally in the car.
Sergeant Rieck also wants Charleville motorists to join in on the discussion, share stories, advice or things you may have seen or heard by heading to the Charleville Neighbourhood Watch Facebook page.
“What we want is engagement, and all of us working together to be safer on the roads.”