Constable Andrew Kendall and Constable Tyler Roberts came up with the idea for Nanango Police event Take it to the Track, which promoted awareness for road safety. Event on October 29, 2016.
Constable Andrew Kendall and Constable Tyler Roberts came up with the idea for Nanango Police event Take it to the Track, which promoted awareness for road safety. Event on October 29, 2016. Will Hunter

Police race against South Burnett community

CONSTABLE Andrew Kendall and Constable Tyler Roberts want young drivers to stick to go-karts when racing their friends.

The two Nanango police officers are regulars on the South Burnett Kart Hire track, and want it to be used as an alternative to burning rubber on public roads.

Together they came up with the idea for Saturday's Take it to the Track, a day where the public could race police officers on the go-kart track.

 

Const Kendall said the day targeted young drivers, who were more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash.

"We're trying to aim at kids that are those young drivers, try and say don't do silly hooning offences on our roads where it is unsafe. There are other alternatives," he said.

Nanango Police officer-in-charge Sergeant Jason Newton said the day also helped build bridges in the community.

"Our idea was to encourage people to come down, interact with us," Sgt Newton said.

"I think it's quite unique. It's not something you see a great deal.

"Here in Nanango, we try to do things a little bit differently in the way we interact with our community."

 

While many community members held their own, Sgt Newton said few came close to Const Roberts' lap time on the track.

"There is a novelty aspect to be able to race against the police," he said.

Take it to the Track also raised money for Queensland Police Legacy, which provides ongoing assistance to the eligible dependent families of deceased Queensland police officers.

Sgt Newton said the event would return next year.

"This being our first time, we'll learn a lot from this and make it bigger and better next year," he said.

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