Community Leaders Work Together for Road Safety

16/05/2013

Pine Rivers Police District and State MPs from Pine Rivers and Kallangur are planning a blitz in the lead up to Fatality Free Friday to encourage all road users to ensure they are safe on the roads.

Police, MPs and community representatives have been working together on several key road safety and anti-hooning initiatives that will run during the last week of May.

Central to the activities is Fatality Free Friday on 31st May, a day that puts road safety back into the hands of the community by encouraging all road users to ensure they are safe on the roads.

Pine Rivers Police District and local MPs will be coordinating an "Empty Shoes Display" on Fatality Free Friday to highlight that each road death is a real person and has a significant impact on the wider community.

Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich MP and, Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg MP, along with Minister for Police & Community Safety, The Hon Jack Dempsey, will also be launching local anti-hooning campaigns in the lead up to Fatality Free Friday.

"Hooning activities in our residential and industrial streets are simply unacceptable," Mr Holswich said.

Mr Holswich points out that hooning activity is not a victimless crime.

"I've met with businesses in Brendale whose property has been damaged due to the activity of hoons; I've met with residents who suffer anxiety issues because of regular hooning activity near their homes - this is a serious issue for our community."

The campaign will also include a Fatality Free Friday Lunch, where attendees will hear from speakers who have been involved in fatal traffic crashes.

Mr Ruthenberg says the entire campaign is in response to the increased number of deaths on Queensland's roads this year.

"Queensland's 2013 road toll currently sits at 109, an increase of 13 from the same time last year," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"The road safety message doesn't seem to be getting through."