Police and the public take it to the track

REVVED UP: John Wicks checks out the police motorbike at Nanango Police Station's Take It to the Track day.
REVVED UP: John Wicks checks out the police motorbike at Nanango Police Station's Take It to the Track day. Michael Nolan

WHEN Constable Tyler Roberts moved to Nanango a few years ago he quickly became a fan of the South Burnett Kart Hire track.

He'd spend days off racing around the track and after talking with the track owners he came up with an idea that would connect police with young drivers and promote road safety at the same time.

This is how Take It to the Track started.

"Basically we wanted to come up with something that was fun and engaging for younger people,” Constable Roberts said.

While the day was filled with a jumping castle, freedoughnuts and good times, there was a serious side.

"The P-platers that are coming through are the ones that are out on the road learning to drive by themselves,” Constable Roberts said.

"We want them to understand that the road is not the place for racing. If they want to race their mates then it's much better coming along to a track where it is safe.”

This was the second year Nanango police hosted the event.

"We ran it last year but it got washed out on the first date they we tried to put it on,” Constable Roberts said.

"We postponed it to the second date and while the weather was fine the advertising was all for the first one but today's has come up nice.”

Along with a day's worth of free session on the go-kart track, Nanango Police Station officers set up a drink-diving simulator.

They also staged a mock crash with help from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and paramedics.

Constable Roberts said he and his fellow officers were keen to connect young people with police.

"As soon as they hear of a good idea they're happy to jump all over it and support it,” he said.

"At the end of the day we're trying to engage the public so they realise police are just humans too, we're just doing our job and so they feel comfortable chatting to us.”

Topics:  nanango police road safety

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