FRUSTRATED: Sergeant Marty Arnold is frustrated that drivers are not getting the message, with tickets continually issued for the same offences. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
FRUSTRATED: Sergeant Marty Arnold is frustrated that drivers are not getting the message, with tickets continually issued for the same offences. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Drivers still not getting the message

POLICE have issued more than 60 infringements notices to drivers on Bundaberg roads this long weekend as motorists continued to risk their own, and other road user's lives by ignoring the fatal five road safety message.

Bundaberg Police traffic branch officer-in-charge Sergeant Marty Arnold said despite a fatality on Sunday night, even on Monday drivers were continuing to take mindless risks.

"Unfortunately people still aren't getting the message. The fatal five are happening still, even today (Monday), after we had a fatality last night," he said.

"It's the same old thing again. We're coming across vehicles speeding, some of them at incredibly silly speeds in excess of 140kph on the Bruce Hwy.

"While it's rare to get vehicles at that higher speed unfortunately we do see a trend of vehicles travelling at 110, 115kph and they're mostly drivers who think it's safe to travel at that speed with their cruise control set for that."

Sgt Arnold said in Bundaberg alone more than 60 infringements notices were issued for traffic offences.

"The usual things...mobile phones, drink drivers. While it's been fairly good this weekend in relation to those we still continuously see people on the highways on their phones, travelling around suburban streets on their phones, failing to give way and stop at stop signs at intersections," he said. 

"They're amongst the major causes of crashes in the Bundaberg area. "It's not the roads, it's not inexperienced drivers, it's general drivers - a bit too confident, a bit too lazy - making silly mistakes at the wrong time and it leads to tragic consequences."

Those tragic consequences were all too evident after a truck rolled and burst into flames 44km north of Gin Gin on Sunday, killing a 54-year-old Caboolture man.

Gin Gin Police Sergeant Tim Marrinan said the Bruce Hwy had reopened yesterday but investigations were still ongoing.

"The vehicle appears to have driven straight off the kerb which points to driver fatigue or driver distraction," he said.



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