Southern Gold Coast Police Beat

Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2018

Queensland Road Safety Week – Speak up for Road Safety

One of the most devastating jobs a police officer can attend is a traffic crash where someone has lost their life. The grief suffered by the family and friends of the crash victim is tragic and long-lasting. Witnesses and first response emergency services officers will often carry the memories of the scene with them for years to come.

The wider community also suffers from traffic crashes, with the federal government estimating in 2017 that road crashes cost the Australian economy $27 billion dollars each year.

Many of these crashes can be attributed to excessive speed, drink and/or drug driving, driver distraction, fatigue and not wearing seat belts. A change in driving behaviour is needed to reduce the road toll.

Queensland Road Safety Week will be held from 27– 31 August 2018 and is an opportunity for police to spread the road safety message. Coolangatta Police Station will be hosting two events during the week:

  • A joint static display and free sausage sizzle on the foreshore in Roughton Park Kirra on Thursday 30 August between 9.30am and 12.00pm. The static display will also include vehicles and officers from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and Queensland Ambulance Service.
  • A Drink Rite presentation at the Kirra Beach Hotel, Marine Parade, Coolangatta at 4pm on Thursday, 30 August 2018. Police will demonstrate how alcohol affects each participant in a fun, informative afternoon of trivia and giveaways.

We welcome everyone to join us at one of these events and learn how together we can “speak up for road safety”.

For more information about either event, call Coolangatta Police Station on (07) 55898444.

Police Beat is a regular monthly column provided by the Coolangatta Police Station.

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