News

Fatal four upgraded to five for Christmas road campaign

FROM people shaving, putting on make up and eating their breakfast, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has witnessed the juggling acts people try while seated behind the wheel of a car.

Now, those driving behaviours have been officially recgonised in this year's Christmas road safety campaign, the fatal five.

The fatal four welcomed a new member on Tuesday in Brisbane with Police Minister Jack Dempsey announcing distraction would be added to list, already comprised of speeding, fatigue, drink driving and not wearing a seat belt.

"In 2011, 15% of people taken to hospital after a car crash were in a crash caused by inattention," he said.

"After a horror weekend on the state's roads, I ask that Queenslanders keep the fatal five in their minds as they travel this Christmas."

Mr Dempsey said no text message or social media post was worth any person's life The road safety campaign follows a horrific crash north of the Gold Coast on Friday night that killed five young people.

Queensland's road toll currently stands at 265 - 12 more than the same time last year.

Mr Stewart said driving distracted could attract a $330 fine and three demerit points.

"I have seen in traffic people doing the most ridiculous things from putting their make up on, having a shave and eating their breakfast," he said.

The impact was hard not only on the families and friends of those who fall victim to the fatal five but on emergency services too, Mr Stewart said.

"We don't like going to any of those accidents, it does have an impact on our people," he said.

"(They) are the ones who have to come along, investigate it and clean up the mess."

RACQ executive manager technical and safety policy Steve Spalding believes people do not fully appreciate the dangers of distracted driving.

"Driving is a complex task and one that requires full focus and attention," he said.

"If you have a distraction, you are diluting the ability to focus on that job."

RACQ research found 32% of survery respondents had been distracted by hands-free mobile phones, up from 29% last year.

Topics:  christmas, driving, fatal four, road safety




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

3 easy dinner recipes your kids will love, and so will you

No Caption

THERE is a middle ground! Dinners fit for kids and adults.

How to reduce your child's risk of food allergies

ABOUT 90% of food allergies are caused by just seven foods.

5 good mental health habits for kids (and parents)

CRYING OUT FOR HELP: The demand for counselling support for children and young people is increasing.

FORMING good habits early is critical for your child's mental health.

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Susie O'Neill: Why I stopped smacking my children

Swimming legend Susie O'Neill says she has stopped smacking her kids.

“I (smacked) because that’s what I knew growing up."

Introducing a step-parent into the family

Introducing a step-parent into the family can be stressful for the children, as well as the new parent.

THERE is no easy way to introduce a step parent into the family.

Women’s footballers with Tigers spirit

Players in the Norths Tigers open rugby league women’s side are forming a strong bond.

Female players hitting as hard as the men

Greyhound trainer brought possums to use as live bait

Michael John Chapman at Ipswich Courthouse.

Greyhound trainer escapes jail time for his role in live baiting

LETTERS: Libs have a strong record in Ipswich

Election, vote, poll booth, Voters at Newtown State School. Council Election 2016, March 19,

Maybe we're not such a Labor town after all?

Latest deals and offers

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

Hey Mumma Exercise

Do you think kids these days need more exercise?

Do you think kids these days need more exercise?

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"