END ROAD TRAUMA: Senior Constable Dan O'Hara and the Queensland Police are on a mission to end road-related trauma in Queensland.
END ROAD TRAUMA: Senior Constable Dan O'Hara and the Queensland Police are on a mission to end road-related trauma in Queensland. Meg Gannon

Police drive home important message: 'no more road trauma'

IT'S time for the residents of Dalby to wake up to the road trauma and road-related fatalities plaguing our towns.

This is the message being driven home by Dalby-Burnett District Crime Prevention co-ordinator Senior Constable Dan O'Hara ahead of Road Safety Week next week.

"It's probably easy for people to become a little bit blase,” Snr Const O'Hara said.

"Road trauma occurs every single day, unfortunately, and impacts many families every day, all throughout the community.

"Quite often we tend to dwell more on the Christmas and Easter road toll.

"The fact is serious road trauma occurs every single day on a road somewhere in Queensland.”

Events will be held every day from August 26 - 30, with the aim of de-escalating road-related trauma, and educating drivers of the Fatal Five: drink- and drug-driving, fatigue, inattention, not wearing seatbelts and speeding.

Snr Const O'Hara said road-related trauma is not something that just affects our drivers.

"It's quite traumatic for the police, ambulance and fire brigade who are required to deal with this road-related trauma, and also people like nursing staff and people in services that follow on in services after they've been hospitalised,” he said.

"Everybody is impacted.”

The Coffee with a Cop event on Monday, hosted by Stellarossa, will aim to allow the community to communicate with their local cops and create a cohesive plan to end road-related trauma.

"Police are stressing that the fact is, road safety is not just the responsibility of the police,” Snr Const O'Hara said.

"It's the responsibility of all road users.

"It's imperative that all of us, the police and the public, work together and try to maintain an effort and trying to cause road trauma to drop.”

Police also warn that next week there will be a higher volume of random breath and drug testing on the streets to attempt to kerb two of the Fatal Five in our town.

"Our hope for the whole week is that we enhance road safety awareness within the Dalby-Burnett police district,” Snr Const O'Hara said.


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