Too many young lives lost in crashes.
Too many young lives lost in crashes.

Deaths must stop: police

BUNDABERG Police are calling for young drivers to take care on the roads after the death of 18-year-old Grant Barker.

Mr Barker was killed when his Holden Rodeo ute rolled on Gentle Annie Road near Apple Tree Creek in the early hours of yesterday.

Bundaberg Police Senior Sergeant Erwin Hoffman said early investigations had shown speed was a contributing factor to the crash.

“So far in the Bundaberg region we’ve had six deaths and four of those deaths have been under 22,” he said.

“In all of those involving young people either speed or alcohol or both have been a contributing factor.”

Snr Sgt Hoffman urged young drivers to take care when they got behind the wheel.

“They are not invincible. We have too many people killed too early in their lives,” he said.

“It’s a tragedy for the people involved, it’s a tragedy for the family and friends and it’s also a tragedy for the emergency services crews who have to attend the scene.”

Snr Sgt Hoffman said police were doing everything they could to promote safe driving, including constant emphasis on the Fatal Four campaign.

“There are only so many tickets we can issue,” he said.

“We need to get people to take responsibility for their own actions.”

The Fatal Four are speeding, drink-driving, not wearing a seat belt and driving while fatigued.

Mr Barker’s death comes less than two weeks after Moore Park Beach teenager Craig Deakin was killed in a crash on Sylvan Drive in Moore Park Beach.

In early June 22-year-old Greg Bonanno died when he lost control of his car and hit a tree on the Mt Perry-Gin Gin Road.

A 20-year-old backpacker died in hospital in May after the car she was travelling in crashed and burst into flames on Bargara Road.

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