Drivers urged to take pledge

Nathan Hindmarsh is one of the celebrities endorsing Fatality Free Friday.
Nathan Hindmarsh is one of the celebrities endorsing Fatality Free Friday.

LAST weekend Queensland recorded deaths on Friday (one), Saturday (one) and Sunday (two) on the state’s roads.

The Fatality Free Friday Road Safety Foundation is urging Queensland motorists to take the pledge of Fatality Free Friday as a promise to drive with care so the grief and heartache caused by the tragic deaths last weekend can be prevented.

“Road safety is a complex issue but we believe that if drivers consciously think about road safety and safe driving for just one Friday in the year, that day’s toll could be reduced to zero,” Fatality Free Road Safety Foundation chairman Russell White said.

“That’s our aim: not a single road death in Australia for just one day. Fatality Free Friday puts the emphasis back on the people who can make a real difference – those who use the road.

“Last year 249 people were killed on Queensland’s roads and the latest data available from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads reports that between January 1, 2009, to September 30, 2009, 4980 people sustained serious injuries.

“These startling statistics need to change.

“We’re asking people to visit the website and sign the road safety pledge. To date, every Queensland Fatality Free Friday since it commenced in 2007 has been fatality free.”

A police spokesman said Emerald police along with the traffic branch would be conducting traffic patrols on Friday.

“We encourage people to take care on the roads,” he said. “Get plenty of rest before taking trips and don’t drive tired.”

He added the focus would be on the fatal four of not wearing a seatbelt, driving while fatigued, driving over the speed limit and driving after consuming alcohol.

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