Calls to properly restrain pets after road crash deaths
THE recent spate of high-speed fatal car crashes that have plagued Gympie and the Bruce Hwy aren't just claiming human lives.
Drivers are now being urged to restrain their animals after police investigations revealed dogs were found in the cars of three recent fatal crashes along the region.
Initial forensic Crash Unit investigations have shown a dog was in one of the cars involved in a Bruce Hwy crash that killed two people and caused three cars to catch on fire on April 17.
On April 1, a 75-year-old Glenwood woman and her small dog were killed while exiting the United Petroleum Service Centre at Gunalda, also on the Bruce Hwy.
On March 18, an elderly man was hit by his own vehicle while he was trying to free a pet dog that had become stuck under the driver pedals.
The man passed away on March 22, four days after the traffic incident.
Wide Bay Forensic crash Unit Sergeant Steve Webb said police could not yet confirm the dogs were the causes of these crashes, but having an unrestrained dog in a moving car was a serious risk and an offence.
"People out there need to restrain their animals so that they don't in any way distract drivers," Sgt Webb said.
"Even today driving to work I saw two dogs in the car unrestrained, it's an absolute risk."