A police officer directs traffic along Gladstone Road during a RBT operation in Rockhampton recently.
A police officer directs traffic along Gladstone Road during a RBT operation in Rockhampton recently. CHRIS ISON

New state crackdown on road rogues

THE Central region’s top traffic cop yesterday welcomed the Bligh government’s new crackdown on dangerous drivers.

Premier Anna Bligh yesterday announced plans to embark on one of the most stringent and co-ordinated road-safety campaigns in Queensland’s history.

New types of speed cameras and measures for an unprecedented drink-driver crackdown are included in the two-year Road Safety Action Plan 2010-2011.

Central Region traffic Inspector Mike Curtin said it was a good move.

“From a local perspective, we certainly support any strategy designed to improve road safety,” Inspector Curtin said.

He said the region had a horrific fatality rate on roads this year, with 51 deaths.

On Friday, authorities launched the central region’s Christmas road safety campaign, with police warning they would have more cars on the roads and would ramp up the number of RBTs in coming weeks.

Ms Bligh said despite pleas from police, emergency personnel, road safety experts and even victim’s families, a dangerous minority continued to ignore the road safety basics.

“Drink driving is a dangerous practice and the evidence that speeding costs lives is overwhelming,” Ms Bligh said.

“My message is simple; it’s got to stop.

“These measures are about doing what we can to make that happen.”

The two-year road safety campaign includes:

A system of alcohol ignition interlock devices for drink drivers to be rolled out next year;

The introduction of point to point camera systems in Queensland for the first time;

The introduction of special digital cameras which capture speed and red light non-compliance; and

Up to 30% of mobile speed camera enforcement to use covert speed camera vehicles.



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