Shoe art forms stark reminder
THIS Saturday's ArtBeat Festival at Browns Park promises a party atmosphere, although Ipswich police's Crime Prevention Unit will use a novel way to send a serious message.
They will collect shoes in an abstract art piece that will illustrate road tragedies in the lead-up to Fatality Free Friday in May.
Just last week, on April 11, a 13-year-old Ipswich girl was killed instantly when a car crashed into trees on Kruger Parade, Redbank Plains.
Police launched investigations into the incident, which stemmed from a domestic argument at the girl's foster home in Collingwood Park.
Fatality Free Friday co-ordinator Sergeant Nadine Webster said shoes collected by police would represent the number of lives lost on Ipswich roads this year.
"Donations of old shoes are welcome. Please note that the shoes will not be returned," she said.
"If you can assist, please place shoes in a plastic bag and deliver on the day at the ArtBeat Festival or, alternatively, deliver to the Yamanto police complex from April 23 to 27.
"Each pair of shoes will be a visual representation for a person and each item of artwork will be displayed across the Ipswich Police District as a visual reminder for Fatality Free Friday, May 25," Sgt Webster said.
"We're calling for community members to come and create some abstract art, design a road safety message or provide a new handkerchief with a personal journal of a road trauma experience for the Crime Prevention Unit to use as part of their community awareness displays."
Sgt Webster said the Fatality Free project aimed to address the concerns of dangerous driver behaviours ,which included the fatal four: drink and drug-driving, speeding, fatigue and failure to wear seatbelts.
"It is a reminder for all road users to think about their behaviour and attitude when driving," she said.
"We want the community to see and be aware of the devastating consequences of road trauma in an effort to reduce the road toll.
"Road safety is everyone's responsibility."
The ArtBeat Festival will be held this Saturday from 10am-2pm in Browns Park, Downs St, North Ipswich.