On the road to safer streets
The Queensland Police annual statistical review shows road fatalities in the Bundaberg region numbered 15 in the past year — compared to seven the year before.
“The majority of accidents here have been caused by breaches of traffic law,” Insp Guteridge said.
“It all comes back to driver intention — and it can be just a few millimetres that makes the difference between a minor accident, an injury and a death.”
Insp Guteridge said, while care on the road needed to be improved — particularly at intersections — there were many elements to make Bundaberg an otherwise “very safe community”.
The annual review showed the North Coast region often recorded the lowest number of offences throughout Queensland.
The categories included offences against property, handling stolen goods, other sexual offences (the majority of this category were indecent treatment of children offences), kidnapping and abduction, stalking, life-endangering acts, unlawful entry, unlawful entry – other premises and unlawful entry – shops offences.
The North Coast also recorded an overall increase in traffic and related offences by 12%.
The North Coast region includes the six districts of Bundaberg, Caboolture, Gympie, Maryborough, Redcliffe and the Sunshine Coast.
While Insp Guteridge said assaults and breaches of domestic violence orders were also down in Bundaberg, break and enters remained a concern.
“Although they’re relatively low numbers in the break and enters, we must be vigilant to make sure it remains that way,” he said.
“The opportunistic nature of these crimes has seen people walk through open or unlocked doors to enter homes.
“While we certainly don’t condone criminal conduct, residents have an obligation to keep their property secure.”