ON TRACK: Jemma Grant racing for the police at take it to the track.
ON TRACK: Jemma Grant racing for the police at take it to the track. Claudia Williams

Racing for road safety

THE young and old alike raced around the South Burnett kart track in Nanango for road safety on Saturday.

Drivers were challenged on track by members of the police, ambulance officers, fire fighters and the Nanango SES group at the annual take it to the track event.

In its third year the day was all about having fun and bringing road safety to the forefront.

Constable Andrew Kendall runs the event each year with constable Tyler Roberts from Nanango police station and he is proud that it continues to grow each year and spread the important message of road safety through a family fun day.

"The main thing is to try and get the kids out and drivers to spread the message that we like racing too but it is all about doing it in the right place not out on the public roads,” he said.

"We always invite our brothers and sisters in the emergency services as well because the day is aimed around road trauma and safety and they also see it

"We want people to think that, yes it is fun to drive cars and drive motor vehicles fast, but to do it on the right areas where it is safe and in a controlled environment and out on the public roads isn't the place to do it.”

Kids had the chance to race the police on track then have a chat to them track side and get up close to a police car.

The day was opportunity for kids to realise police men and women are members of the community as much as they are members of the police force.

"We are just people, we are humans too and we are exactly like everyone else,” Const Kendall said.

"We are not a bunch of robots and we do enjoying having fun in the right circumstances.”

Constable Kendall said the biggest enemy is traffic taking the most Australian lives each year and he urges drivers to be safe behind the wheel.

"It is the worst part of our jobs, going to accidents where so many lives have been lost each year and it is not an acceptable number to have any fatalities on the road,” he said.

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