Bundaberg police warn drive safely
THE latest fatality on Bundaberg region roads has prompted police inspector Kevin Guteridge to urge pedestrians and drivers to take particular care on the roads these holidays.
Insp Guteridge said it did not matter what the road or its condition – people simply had to take care and slow down.
“This is a reminder for everyone to pay extra attention on the roads,” he said.
“If you’re on the highway, slow down, or on a suburban street, slow down.”
Insp Guteridge said the Bundaberg region road toll last year was seven and he feared that this year’s figure, 17 to date, could exceed the horror total of 2007, when 19 people were killed.
Yesterday’s accident happened in Scotland Street, which has a speed limit of 50kmh.
“Fifty kilometres an hour is more than enough to kill,” Insp Guteridge said.
“Unfortunately, the family is stuck with this for the rest of their lives.”
He said there was nothing to suggest speed was a contributing factor in the accident.
Insp Guteridge said this was a time for drivers and pedestrians to be especially vigilant, because the school holiday and Christmas period meant busier roads all around.
“This is a timely reminder for anyone using our roads to pay extra attention to what they’re doing,” he said.
The shocking road statistics are not only an issue in the Bundaberg region, but also statewide.
With just two weeks left in the year, and the busy Christmas period still to come, the Queensland road toll has already passed 300.