Police alarmed at road crashes


THIRTEEN road accidents in Rockhampton in the past week showed drivers were not heeding police warnings, Sergeant Brian Muirson said yesterday.

In last Monday's The Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton police called for drivers to take care on roads as July was known to be a high-accident month.

"It's obvious that people are not paying attention,'' Sergeant Muirson said.

A man lost control of his vehicle while almost three times over the legal alcohol limit on Lion Creek Road yesterday.

"That accident adds to the other 12 accidents we had during the week,'' he said.

The most head-shaking incidents happened on Thursday, July 14, when three accidents occurred on the same intersection, Fitzroy and Bolsover streets, within 11/2 hours of each other.

"People running red lights, not stopping at 'Stop' signs, failing to give way,'' all accidents Sergeant Muirson said could be avoided.

"They are just not paying attention to what's going on around them,'' he said. There were no major injuries but Rockhampton police will get tough on drivers.

Sergeant Muirson said they would looking for drivers ignoring 'Stop' signs, doing U-turns at traffic lights, and driving unroadworthy vehicles.

The accidents, all two-vehicle, occurred on: Saturday, July 15 ? n Quay and Denham streets n Canning and Albert streets n Archer and Campbell streets Friday, July 14 ? n Three on the corner of Fitzroy and Bolsover streets. n Alma and Cambridge streets. n Albert and George streets. Wednesday, July 13 ? n Woolwash Road. Monday July 11 ? n Penlington and Davis streets. Saturday, July 9 ? n East Street. n Denham Street. n Bolsover and Wood streets.

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