How Dalby police are aiming to curb road trauma
THE Dalby police’s attempts to curb roadside trauma and prevent serious traffic crashes is a year-round endeavour that requires all hands on deck from both police and the community.
It’s times like Road Safety Week, however, that amplify just how important it is for the entire community to commit to reducing road-related trauma and fatalities.
Road Safety Week kicks off next Monday, and the Dalby police will be hosting a number of events to allow the community to engage with local cops, and learn more about what they can do to reduce the risk of road fatalities.
Dalby-Burnett District Crime Prevention co-ordinator Senior Constable Dan O’Hara said a focus will be placed on the Fatal Five this year – speeding, inattention, drink and drug driving, fatigue and seatbelts.
It’s these factors that have proven to be the achilles heel of most drivers in the southwest involved in serious traffic crashes.
“Unfortunately this year the road toll throughout Queensland has been relatively high,” snr const O’Hara said.
“We’re hoping we can bring that awareness through the police to the public and we can curb those incidents.
“We want to do everything we can to make sure that everyone who travels on our roads gets to their destination safely and without harming themselves or others.”
Snr const O’Hara said the number of road incidents fluctuated, and the region had experienced good and bad periods over the last 12 months.
He said education was at the heart of understanding and subsequently preventing road-related trauma.
One major risk the Dalby police are seeing increasingly more often is the use of phones behind the wheel.
“What we’re saying to people is, if you’re going on a long drive put your phone on silent, or if it rings, pull over on the side of the road and then actually answer your phone,” snr const O’Hara said.
“For those few seconds wile you’re attempting to text or fiddling with your phone can be just enough time to make you veer off the road, or veer into the path of oncoming traffic.
“It could create a very very serious accident that could result in serious injury or death.”
Dalby police will be hosting events all next week for the whole community.
Here are those events:
Monday: Coffee with a Cop at StellaRossa, 10am
Tuesday: Dalby Shoppingworld stand, 10am-2pm
Wednesday: Road Safety Program with PCYC After School Care, from 3pm
Thursday: Dalby Shoppingworld stand, 10am-2pm
Friday: Police radio show, 8am