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How our crash numbers stack up in Central Queensland

ROCKHAMPTON has been identified as a crash hot spot in the latest figures from insurance company AAMI.

Their latest Crash Index data revealed nose to tail crashes and collisions with parked cars or other stationary objects the most common in the state.

Rockhampton was also listed as the fourth worst area for parked car dings, behind Toowoomba, Mackay and Cairns, but in front of the central city area of Brisbane.

Senior Sergeant Ewan Findlater, from the Rockhampton Road Policing Unit, said drivers needed to take responsibility for their actions and focus their attention when behind the wheel, with bad decisions to blame for too many of the region's crashes.

While not commenting on the AAMI findings, Snr Sgt Findlater said the most common crashes in the region seen by police were nose to tails.

Snr Sgt Findlater said they also saw many crashes resulting from drivers failing to give way or disobeying signs and signals.

He said while police had a role in road safety, so too did every driver.

 

"If you hop behind the wheel of a car … you should be concentrating on what is happening around you, in front of you and driving to the conditions," he said.

Yet, Snr Sgt Findlater said there had been a reduction in non-injury and injury crashes in the region.

While one person died in a Rockhampton crash over the weekend, Snr Sgt Findlater said the number of fatalities was down from the same period last year.

"We are trending down in all types of traffic crashes," he said.

"While the police will continue in our enforcement role, we need more responsibility taken by road users to make good decisions."

Topics:  central queensland, cq, crash, dangerous driving, driving, police



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