Two fatal crashes, thieves plague town south of Dalby
TRAFFIC fatalities, break ins, and impaired drivers have sadly plagued a country town south of the Dalby district.
Fatal traffic crashes
Cecil Plains was rocked by two tragic fatalities within two weeks of each other, sending shockwaves throughout the community.
A 31-year-old St George man died in a single vehicle traffic crash 7km west of Cecil Plains, along Cecil Plains Moonie Rd on September 24.
He was the sole passenger and driver of the vehicle, and died at the scene.
In a separate incident on October 5, 16-year-old Brock Daniel tragically lost his life in a single vehicle crash along Dalby Cecil Plains Rd.
The soon-to-be father of twins was travelling with three passengers when their vehicle rolled several times along a road under works.
Brock was thrown from the vehicle, and sadly died at the scene.
Forensic Crash Units are investigating.
Police have been able to apprehend two alleged thieves following a series of break ins around Cecil Plains area.
Senior constable Matthew Scorer said the district had been subject to a number of breaks and vehicle thefts.
"A local state forestry office was allegedly targeted with chainsaws, and vehicles being stolen," he said.
"Two Toowoomba residents have been arrested in relation to the theft of the vehicles, and are next to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on November 10."
In an unrelated matter, a car was also stolen from an address on the Tipton Horrane Road in early hours of October 11.
Police were told the vehicle was parked close to the house with the keys inside the vehicle.
The unknown offenders have been able to enter the vehicle, move it to a location away from the house before turning the vehicle on and driving away.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Policelink on 131 444.
Across the weekend of October 17, police conducted a traffic operation targeting drivers passing through the Cecil Plains area.
Senior Constable Scorer said police were "disappointed" to see so many people speeding, especially through the roadworks that are currently north of town.
"Police intercepted a Cecil Plains resident who it will be alleged was travelling at 104km/h in a 60km/h road works zone," he said.
"The speed limits in the road works zones are not just put in place for when workers are on site, but also for vehicles travelling through these work sites at all times.
"The roads are sometimes skinned back down to the dirt under the road and adherence to the speed limits is crucial for everyone's safety."
Police detected several drink and drug drivers in the Cecil Plains division, and issued 16 traffic infringements for excessive speeding.
House and car safety
As a general deterrent, Cecil Plains police are asking residents to lock their cars and their houses, even if they haven't traditionally in the past.
"The unfortunate reality is that offenders from outside of our area will commit opportunistic crimes," senior constable Scorer said.
"I encourage people to lock their cars and keep the keys in a secure place inside the house.
"Even when you are at home, please lock your house."