Police to show no tolerance to drivers after another fatal
AFTER yet another fatal crash on South Burnett roads, police are looking to a 'no tolerance' approach for all drivers in an attempt to make our roads safer.
Officer-in-charge at Kingaroy Police Station Sergeant David Tierney said the message of road safety "doesn't seem to be getting through”.
On May 30, Sgt Tierney penned an emotion-filled letter to the community imploring residents to take personal responsibility for their driving.
A week later, another life was lost on our roads.
Taking the death toll on South Burnett roads to 12 for 2019.
After his passionate letter, Sgt Tierney now looks to the drawing board to limit these staggering statistics.
"I've just got to push it harder,” he said.
"Perhaps I should be less politically correct?
"I'd love for us to be able to show some of the pictures from the road accidents.”
Sgt Tierney said the police had road safety strategies in place, but he believed drivers weren't taking responsibility.
"I don't know if they are not working or if people are ignoring them,” he said.
"People are just wanting to take the risks.”
According to the police sergeant, the next step will be to come down hard on all drivers.
"No tolerance. It'll just be any traffic offence,” Sgt Tierney said.
He said that includes even if those drivers who are just a couple of kilometres over the speed limit.
"It's that two or three seconds that stops you from pulling up,” Sgt Tierney said.
"That cuts down on your reaction time.
"It's mind boggling.”
Part of that crack down will include drivers looking at their mobile phones.
"Nothing is so important it can't wait until you stop,” he said.
"Throw it in the glove box and lock the glove box.
"It's just not worth the risk.”
Once again, Sgt Tierney's message to all South Burnett drivers was to take responsibility for your part in road safety.
"Focus on the road in front of you,” he said.
"Focus on making sure you get home safe.
"Don't just drive for yourself, drive for others on the road and their family and friends.”