Help make today fatality free
THREE senior officers from Gympie’s emergency services stood in solidarity yesterday in support of community-based national road safety campaign Fatality Free Friday.
Officer in charge of Gympie Ambulance Wayne Sachs was joined by officer in charge of Gympie District Traffic Branch Sergeant Peter Webster and station officer of Gympie Fire and Rescue Bob Von Nida in saying that any movement that raised the profile of road safety should be supported.
“Anything that can ultimately reduce road trauma is a positive thing. Fatality Free Friday is particular good for young drivers who haven’t had much experience. It highlights road safety in their mind,” Officer Sachs said.
Sgt Webster said Fatality Free Friday’s safety pledges were simple driving practices that people should be doing every day.
“To be fatality free every day would be the ultimate goal, however, Friday is a high-risk day so it’s a good start,” he said.
“It’s the end of the working week and a lot of people are travelling distances to get home for the weekend. People are also more inclined to have a drink on a Friday afternoon as well so it has all the potential for things to go wrong.”
Fire and rescue officer Von Nida said it was important to acknowledge road trauma affected everyone, and encouraged readers to take the safety pledge today at Suncorp Metway in Goldfields Plaza.