Adrian Plahn, of Moranbah, leads a campaign that raises awareness about why drivers die on our roads.
Adrian Plahn, of Moranbah, leads a campaign that raises awareness about why drivers die on our roads. Contributed

Fireman tackles fatal five

ADRIAN Plahn is sick of seeing death on our region's roads.

That's why he has dedicated his free time over the past 12 months to leading an awareness campaign, focusing on the five reasons people die on the roads.

The 37-year-old Moranbah auxiliary firefighter received a Commendation Award for his initiatives in promoting road safety last month at the 2011 Queensland Road Safety Awards at Parliament House.

He is now on his next expedition to further promote his awareness message through the use of a full-sized coffin. Last year Mr Plahn began his fatal five awareness campaign with an attempt to broadcast for 72 hours on Moranbah's 4RFM radio station.

His broadcast highlighted the fatal five - fatigue, speed, drugs and alcohol, seatbelts and distraction.

A line-up of medical professionals, experts and emergency service personnel featured on the show, which lasted for 65 hours.

"You don't have to be doing physical work to be fatigued," Mr Plahn said. "I've had enough of seeing carnage, it doesn't have to happen."



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