Police Response To Increase In Local Road Fatalities

In the month of October police will perform an extensive traffic enforcement blitz of the Darling Downs police district which will include all roads not just the major highways in the major communities of the Lockyer Valley, Darling Downs, Warwick and Goondiwindi.

Last week has unfortunately seen the number of lives lost due to road incidents in the Darling Downs police district increasing to twenty eight. The impact has been felt by the families, community, police and emergency services officers.

Acting Superintendent Joe Whyte said: “We find this loss of life unacceptable and traumatic to say the least as these fatalities involve the deaths of valued members of our community.”

In response to this figure, police give fair warning of the large overt operation involving numerous members of the Road Policing Unit from Brisbane and the Darling Downs.

“It is a worrying trend that the demographic is male above the age of 30 years, and primarily above the age of 40 years. Further the fatal incidents are not just peculiar to our major highways and have often occurred on country roads,” Acting Superintendent Whyte said:

“This is a community problem which can be fixed if people follow the road rules, show consideration and patience for other road users, be attentive at all times whilst driving a vehicle and drive to road conditions.”

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or www.Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.

Issued by Crime Prevention
Darling Downs District
Phone – 07 4631 6733

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