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Police are sick of the carnage on our roads

ARRIVE ALIVE: Gympie Police Inspector Jon Lewis has ramped up the road safety message in an effort to save lives on Gympie region roads.
ARRIVE ALIVE: Gympie Police Inspector Jon Lewis has ramped up the road safety message in an effort to save lives on Gympie region roads. Craig Warhurst

POLICE presence on our roads is about to get a whole lot more intense, as our local officers do what they can to stop the road carnage.

Wide Bay Burnett Inspector Jon Lewis said six fatal car crashes in six weeks was not acceptable, so police numbers would be increased to improve safety on the Bruce Hwy and Gympie's main arterials.

A large-scale 28-day traffic operation in response to multiple fatalities in the Gympie region will see complete "saturation" of major roads by police and road authorities.

Included in the operation will be the Bruce and Wide Bay Hwys, Gympie Brooloo Rd and Tin Can Bay Rd.

The movement will span north to Bundaberg and will cover the whole Wide Bay district, pushing into the bounds of the Sunshine Coast.

Wide Bay Burnett Inspector Jon Lewis said uniformed and covert police would be out in force, in a never-before-seen effort to drive home the need for safer choices behind the wheel.

He said the vast majority of traffic crashes were caused by a poor decision made by a driver.

"Accidents don't happen ... we call them crashes," he said.

"A split second can be enough.

"That's how quickly it can happen."

While strict enforcement can be expected, Insp Lewis said what would set this operation apart was a push by police to educate road users.

Insp Lewis said information handouts at service stations and intercept points could be on the cards to remind drivers to drive to arrive.

To help promote traffic safety throughout our region, The Gympie Times will partner with Gympie police to spread the word.

The Gympie Times will launch a new campaign to put a stop to this recent spate of fatalities, beginning with a message from Insp Lewis on keeping your family from becoming part of the devastating statistics.

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Topics:  crashes, police, road toll




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