Police crack down on road safety after Emerald fatality
POLICE are urging drivers to remain vigilant on the roads this Christmas season after a fatal single vehicle crash at Emerald this week.
A 48-year-old man has died after the car he was travelling in crashed into a tree just before 3am on Wednesday.
Police said initial investigations suggested the Emerald man’s Toyota 86 coupe failed to negotiate a bend on Amethyst Rd and crashed into a tree near River Rd.
He died at the scene.
Officer in charge of Emerald Police Station, Senior Sergeant Peter McFarlane, said the cause of the crash was still being investigated by the Forensic Crash Unit.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and friends at this tragic time,” he said.
“Police would like to remind drivers of the devastating effects of car crashes and to please drive safely on our roads and obey the fatal five – speeding, drink and drug driving, seatbelts, mobile phone and distractions, and driving while fatigued.”
Snr Sgt McFarlane said drivers could expect an increased police presence on the roads this holiday season, encouraging drivers to maintain the road rules.
“We are approaching a busy time on our roads and this year it is expected to be busier than ever with a predicted increase of people from interstate travelling to Queensland after the borders have been reopened,” he said.
“It is likely there will be more vehicles travelling on our roads and highways right throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
“Expect to see police on the road as we will be actively patrolling the roads and highways and now more than ever we need to ensure we drive safely to protect ourselves, our families and our community.”