Sgt Nadine Webster with a painting to represent the 103 lives lost on Queensland roads this year.
Sgt Nadine Webster with a painting to represent the 103 lives lost on Queensland roads this year. Claudia Baxter

Police paint to save lives

IPSWICH police want local motorists to take the pledge today on Fatality Free Friday to stop fatalities for just one day in Australia.

Ipswich Crime Prevention Unit in partnership with Ipswich Art Society and Ipswich City Council support the national road safety campaign designed to encourage drivers to focus on road safety by making a commitment to take the pledge.

The pledge is a commitment from you, family and friends to use the roads safely on Fatality Free Friday.

Ipswich police will mark the day with a display of created art work and personal experiences by emergency personnel to highlight the many consequences and effect of road trauma.

The artwork will be on display in shopping centres around Ipswich today before the entire exhibition is formally displayed from May 18 to June 3 at the Old Courthouse Art Gallery.

Ipswich Crime Prevention Unit sergeant Nadine Webster hoped the display would educate drivers.

"The display serves as a reminder to drivers to be consciously aware of road safety every time they get behind the wheel, not just for one day but everyday," Sergeant Webster said.

"Police are often the first to arrive at a fatality. These crashes have great impact throughout the community due to irresponsible behaviour or driving practices.

"Police will have no hesitation in taking action against people who commit such offences in an effort to keep all road users safe on our roads."

The Fatality Free Friday project aims to address the concerns of dangerous driver behaviours which include speeding, drink and drug driving, seatbelts and fatigue.



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