Holidays begin, road trauma climbs
EDUCATION and enforcement are the only options police have as road deaths and injuries continue to blight the region, Gympie Patrol Group inspector Jon Lewis said yesterday.
And as the school holidays begin, Gympie station's officer-in-charge Gregg Davey says police will be engaged in Operation Spring Break, to provide a police presence that hopefully will lead to improved driver behaviour.
The near-Gympie region has had eight road deaths since June 26, he said.
And a woman, 17, has now died from injuries she received in a crash near Dalby, in which a Curra man, 43, died on Tuesday.
The toll does not include a large number of people injured, often severely.
"I want police out on the road and I don't care if they come back without writing an infringement notice, so long as they help prevent crashes," Senior Sergeant Davey said.
"In high speed zones, if you have a crash there is a higher probability of someone dying.
"But a majority of injury crashes are in the 60-80kmh zone through Gympie, the area from Kybong to just this side of Chatsworth.
"We've had 162 fatal or injury crashes in the past 12 months."The figures mask an enormous social, emotional and financial cost for families and the community.
The bad news for men is that male drivers are five times more likely to be the driver in a fatal or injury crash as women.
Days of the week were "pretty even" in terms of road trauma risk, Snr Sgt Davey said.
"But no-one can explain how we can go for 12 months without a fatality and then have eight in three months."