Sergeant Marty Arnold, with a few of the educational cards the police use to try and influence people of the hazards of drink driving. Statistics show the main offenders of drink driving in our area are 21 year-old males.
Sergeant Marty Arnold, with a few of the educational cards the police use to try and influence people of the hazards of drink driving. Statistics show the main offenders of drink driving in our area are 21 year-old males. Scottie Simmonds

Police start road safety crackdown

SERGEANT Marty Arnold has just one wish for Christmas — that everyone drives safely and makes it home alive.

“My biggest hope is that it is fatality free and that people enjoy themselves without the pain of being in a traffic crash,” the Bundaberg Police traffic branch officer-in-charge said.

He said police in unmarked vehicles would be working overtime from today until January 28, as part of the Christmas road safety campaign — and every driver should prepare to be checked.

“Every motorist in Bundaberg can expect they will be stopped at least once for a random breath test, and we have extra speed cameras in place,” Sgt Arnold said.

“We have mobile speed cameras and unmarked cars patrolling speed so you could get caught by any vehicle, any time, any place.”

Sgt Arnold said the majority of crashes in Bundaberg were caused by speeding, particularly in drivers aged under 25.

“Of the fatal crashes we have had this year, all but one are attributable to speed,” he said.

Several drivers involved in fatal crashes this year have been prosecuted, including a Swedish tourist who is facing court charged with dangerous driving causing death while affected by an intoxicating substance, after a high-speed crash at Bargara that killed her friend in May.

“We have a zero-tolerance approach to drivers who are at fault in traffic crashes,” Sgt Arnold said.

He advised drivers to take it easy on the roads, remain vigilant about other vehicles and take a break if they found themselves getting tired or frustrated.

“If you see someone driving dangerously, call Triple-0 and report it,” he said.

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said drug testing, random breath testing, speed cameras and marked and unmarked vehicles would be monitoring roads throughout the state this Christmas

“During the Christmas holiday season, we see more drivers on our roads and more drivers taking unnecessary risks that end in disaster,” he said.

“The message is simple: please remember to drive safe. It is better to get to your destination safe and late, than not at all.”



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