Inspector Mike Curtin.
Inspector Mike Curtin. CI

Police tackle road carnage

TICKETS issued to people for using mobile phones while driving on Rockhampton district roads almost doubled last year.

There were 681 infringements handed out – 222 more than in 2008.

Speeding fines jumped drastically in the Rockhampton district from 9129 to 11366 over the same period; while there were 16 more injury related crashes and 11 more fatalities on our roads.

Police are set to trial a proactive program – Attitudinal Driving Workshops – in Mackay during March in a bid to combat road carnage across the region.

And once evaluated, the program is planned to be implemented in Rockhampton later in the year.

Central region police traffic Inspector Mike Curtin said the workshops had proved a success in other major centres like Townsville and Brisbane.

“We invite guest speakers, all the emergency service personnel, expert speakers involved in road safety and victims who have lost loved ones due to road carnage to speak to the broad community including young drivers,” Mr Curtin said.

“I went to one of the workshops in Brisbane recently where a woman spoke about her traumatic experience after losing her four-year-old child in a traffic crash.”

He said as well as ramping up police enforcements, they had other traffic management strategies planned for 2010 to target repeat traffic offenders.

There was a jump in fines handed out to people not wearing a seatbelt from 977 fines in 2008 to 1054 the following year.

There was 415 injury crashes on the Rockhampton district roads in 2009, up 16.



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