Our worst month on roads
THE Bundaberg region has seen its worst festive season on the roads in the past five years, with five people so far losing their lives in crashes.
The shocking run of fatal accidents has prompted Bundaberg police to plead with drivers to take the necessary care when travelling this Christmas.
No fatal crashes were recorded in the region for December 2010, while there was one death in both 2008 and 2009 and two in 2007.
The December road toll has also been higher than any other month this year.
"We had no fatal crashes from August to the beginning of December," Bundaberg police Inspector Kev Guteridge said.
"All of a sudden we have had a number and people have not been taking care on the roads."
Of the fatal crashes in the region, two have been the Bundaberg Police District, while three have been in the Gladstone Police District.
The most recent fatalities included a 10-week-old boy in a single-car rollover near Granite Creek on Sunday morning, and the death of a man in his 40s in a motorbike crash on Saturday afternoon near Rosedale.
"Both the people involved in these crashes are believed to have travelled through the Bundaberg roads on the weekend," Insp Guteridge said.
"We have had that much emphasis on road safety, but the message is not getting through."
Since the beginning of December, police have been out in force across the state cracking down on driving infringements to ensure everyone is safe on the roads.
A special emphasis has also been placed on the "fatal four" - speeding, drink-driving, driving tired and not wearing a seatbelt.
Queensland Police Metropolitan South traffic co-ordinator Insp Mark Oliver also pleaded with drivers yesterday to take other road users into consideration and ensure they were fit to drive.
"The condition of the driver is as important as the condition of the vehicle," he said.