Stay alert or pay the price

BUNDABERG Police Inspector Kevin Guteridge has urged local motorists not to become the worst kind of Christmas statistic, and to slow down and concentrate on the roads.

His warning came as a crash involving two trucks and a car injured five people and closed the Bruce Highway 20km north of Gin Gin yesterday.

Three people were taken to Bundaberg Hospital — one woman with neck and head injuries, a second woman with chest and ankle injuries, and a third patient with unknown injuries.

It is believed all five injured people were travelling together in a vehicle that rolled.

The Queensland Police Service has also revealed the North Coast region, which covers Caboolture to Bundaberg, was the second worst in the state for the number of drivers charged with drink-driving after accidents during 2007/08. A total of 506 drivers were charged after breath tests at crash sites in the region.

But Insp Guteridge said although the Bundaberg district had its share of drink-drivers, a bigger cause of accidents was just bad driving.

“We can only do so much in the way of engineering, enforcement and education,” he said.

He said drivers should be aware something could go wrong in a split second.

“A motor vehicle is probably the most dangerous thing most people are going to come into contact with in their lifetimes,” Insp Guteridge said.

He said in line with the rest of the state, Bundaberg Police would continue its Christmas road safety blitz.

“While the statistics start again in January, the families of people killed or seriously injured on the roads have to live with the legacy for the rest of their lives,” he said.

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