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11 August, 2020

Motorbike riders urged to be considerate

THIS month is Rural Road Safety Month. To increase road safety in the South West District, Police in the Longreach Patrol Group are participating in Operation Sierra Protect.

By Senior Constable Bede Little

The focus of the operation includes both education of the public and increased traffic enforcement. Police will be attending local schools and public areas to reinforce the importance of road safety and to warn against the dangers of the Fatal Five.

For those who do not know, the Fatal Five behaviours are speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt, fatigue, drug/drink driving and distraction.

This month also coincides with Queensland Road Safety Week, which spans from Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28. Police will be out in the community and are planning a few educational events. We look forward to meeting and having a chat.

Over the last week local Police intercepted 132 vehicles resulting in the identification of two drink drivers and four drug drivers.

Police again identified a motorist driving while using a handheld telephone. The motorist was issued a $1000 fine. I don’t know about you, but I would be kicking myself if I was hit with a fine that big, especially when the offence could have been so easily avoided.

Mobile phones are a distraction. Don’t touch them while driving.

There were two traffic crashes in Longreach in the last week. Both crashes resulted in injury. Police are continuing to investigate these matters.

Speeding offences have reduced slightly but are still concerning. Police issued 12 infringement notices for speeding this week with all offences being detected on the Landsborough Highway.

On a side note, over the last month Police have received several complaints regarding dirt bikes riding dangerously and noisily past campers at Apex Park.

The ability to ride dirt bikes on the Longreach Common is a real privilege. I know of some larger Queensland rural towns that have banned the riding of dirt bikes. I personally love riding bikes and would hate to see the same happen to Longreach. With that in mind please be mindful of others and show respect when riding on the common.

Get off your bike when crossing the bitumen. Walk your bike past Apex Park and over the old highway bridge. The carpark at Apex Park is considered a road related area and Police will enforce offences in the area.

I think it all comes back to the golden rule, consider others. Would you want to come and visit Longreach if you were constantly showered with dust and noise?

A review of the Queensland road toll reveals that three unnecessary deaths have occurred in the last week alone and the 2020 toll sits at 143 deaths. Help stop the carnage. Watch your speed, wear your seatbelt, put your phone aside while driving, take a break while driving and do not drink drive.

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