As part of ongoing road safety initiatives being conducted by Police within the Longreach Patrol Group, motorists are being reminded to be aware of the Fatal Five.
The Longreach Patrol Group encompasses Alpha, Jericho, Isisford, Barcaldine, Ilfracombe, Aramac, Blackall, Muttaburra, Jundah, Longreach, Windorah and Winton and Senior Constable Chris Wallis says we all need to focus on the five.
“Police from the Longreach Patrol Group will be out in force through until New Year’s Eve with their current road safety operations.
“While you are out on the roads, police from the Longreach Patrol Group, urge you to remember the following”:
• If you feel yourself becoming sleepy, make sure you stop immediately. There is no cure for sleepiness except sleep itself;
• Avoid all distractions, especially mobile phones. In all Australian states and territories, it is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving which includes when your vehicle is stationary but not parked (for example, stopped at a traffic light). Ensure you avoid distraction and do not talk, text, play games or take photos and videos on your phone, whilst you are in control of a vehicle;
• Remember that speeding is not just driving faster than the posted speed limit. Speeding is also driving too fast for the conditions so be aware of prevailing weather, light, traffic and road conditions as well as driver skill and experience;
• Ensure you and your passengers are wearing a seatbelt at all times whilst in a vehicle – wearing a seatbelt reduces your risk of fatal or serious injury by up to 50 per cent; and
• There is absolutely zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol and illicit drugs.
“If you have concerns about the driver of a vehicle or the manner in which a vehicle is being driven, always contact police as soon as possible. Drivers who break road safety laws could lose their licence and their vehicle, or much more.”
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444