Close calls on Gympie region roads a timely reminder
THERE were seven deaths on Queensland roads at the weekend; a horror start to the Christmas period.
For the victims of those terrible accidents, and their grieving families, Christmas will never be the same.
Touch wood and thank God, no lives were lost in our region, but there were some uncomfortably close calls at Curra and to our south.
The weekend's events were a sobering reminder of what can happen when people get behind the wheel, and a timely precursor to the launch of The Gympie Times Christmas road safety campaign next week, Give...Don't Grieve.
Our campaign will coincide with a joint Queensland Police and State Government campaign aimed at getting Gympie region residents - and Queenslanders in general - to remember this Christmas for all the right reasons.
Avoid the Fatal Five: distraction and inattention, speeding, drink and drug driving, failing to wear a seatbelt and driving when tired.
Make plans if you are going out, offer your mates a place to sleep or arrange a safe lift home, put the phone down, put your seatbelt on and don't drink or drug drive.
Stay safe everyone.