Four crashes in three days
AFTER four crashes in three days, Gin Gin Police have warned there could be carnage on the roads this Christmas if drivers do not pick up their act.
“To have four accidents in three days is out of the norm,” Gin Gin Police officer in charge Sergeant Tim Marrinan said.
“It shows that people need to pay more attention on the roads – all of these accidents are avoidable.”
He said increased traffic on the roads during holiday periods meant drivers needed to be particularly alert to dangers.
“At Easter, we had five accidents in one day when the road was wet,” he said.
Three British tourists were hurt in a rollover on the Bruce Highway about 30km north of Gin Gin on Sunday, and the female driver is still in intensive care with head injuries.
A day later, five backpackers were injured in a smash just 2km away, when their car rolled.
The Canadian male driver and two male passengers had only minor injuries, but two American women were taken to Bundaberg Hospital – one with chest and ankle wounds and the other with head and neck injuries.
Sgt Marrinan said drivers who were unfamiliar with Australian roads needed to be cautious as the driving conditions were often different to what they were used to.
A Bundaberg man was also injured on the Bruce Highway north of Gin Gin on Tuesday afternoon.
“His vehicle rolled, hit a traffic sign and a guide post, and rolled between some trees,” Sgt Marrinan said.
“He had a cut knee, but he was very lucky not to be seriously injured.”
In addition to the accidents on the highway, Sgt Marrinan said a Gin Gin resident was trapped in his vehicle after crashing on Broadmeadow Road, near Moolboolman, on Sunday evening.
He was allegedly driving an unregistered vehicle while over the alcohol limit.
Sgt Marrinan warned all people using the roads this festive season that they should drive to conditions and road rules to avoid tragedy.