City's roads safer when we all care
A LITTLE peer pressure could get you home safer.
Ipswich's top cop is urging passengers to be proactive when their driver is accelerating towards bloody idiot territory.
"Passengers should voice their concerns and discourage poor driving and let it be known they are uncomfortable with such behaviour," Queensland Police southern region Assistant Commissioner Tony Wright said.
"Passengers should not condone or encourage poor driving and if the situation demands it, refuse to get into the car if they believe their safety is jeopardised.
"Peer pressure can be a very constructive way to improve general driver behaviour and effect a longer term cultural shift towards safe driving practices."
Mr Wright, who oversees policing in Ipswich, Warwick and Toowoomba, said speeding; seatbelt; fatigue; alcohol and drugs; and distraction and inattention were still the major factors in crashes across Ipswich.
"It is not worth taking risks to save a few minutes on a drive, watch your speed," he said.
"If the phone rings, pull over to have the conversation or send the text message.
"It only takes a small distraction to have life-changing consequences.
"If you do not have a hands-free option in your vehicle, consider buying a Bluetooth kit, they can be self-installed and cost a fraction of an infringement notice and furthermore could save your life.
"Have a plan and stick to it, remember the consequences of poor driving affect more people than yourself and think of them."
Mr Wright said some people were getting the message but "new and innovative" approaches were also needed.
"The ongoing road safety campaigns combined with enforcement and various education programs do appear to be very effective, however, we can always do more to improve on road safety," he said.
"Making it known to friends and family that breaking road rules is not acceptable will assist in a cultural shift away from unsafe practices.
"We are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to spread the road safety message."
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ROADS
The Federal Government regulates safety standards for new vehicles and allocates infrastructure resources across national highways and local roads.
The Queensland Government funds, plans, designs and operates the state's road network; manages vehicle registration and driver licensing systems; and regulates and enforces road rules.
Councils fund, plan, design and operate their local road networks.
Source: Queensland and Federal governments.