All hoping for a fatality-free Christmas are (from left) Assistant Commissioner Peter Warrener (Ambulance), Acting Assistant Commissioner Steve Gollschewski (Police) and Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant (Fire).
All hoping for a fatality-free Christmas are (from left) Assistant Commissioner Peter Warrener (Ambulance), Acting Assistant Commissioner Steve Gollschewski (Police) and Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant (Fire). CHRIS ISON CI

Chiefs plead with motorists

IF you chose to break the rules on the roads this festive season, you could be the next statistic.

So far this year the Central Region road toll has reached an alarming 51 fatalities and the festive season has barely started.

That’s 20 more deaths on our roads than at this time last year.

Yesterday paramedics, firefighters and police joined ranks to remind people to take it easy on the roads over the Christmas holiday period.

QAS Assistant Commissioner Peter Warrener said paramedics were hoping for a fatality-free festive season on Queensland roads.

“Too often paramedics attend road crashes where entire families are badly injured, or worse, and much of this trauma can be avoided through better planning of trips and some common sense,” Mr Warrener said.

“We don’t want to see any broken bodies or broken lives on the roads,” he said.

QFRS Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant said firefighters were prepared for a busy holiday season.

“Firefighters are often called to road traffic crashes over the holiday season where they are required to extricate victims trapped in crushed vehicles,” he said.

He said it was vital holiday-makers avoid fatigue and drive to the road conditions.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said they would have more vehicles on the roads and would be ramping up RBTs across the region.



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