Mayor pleads for safer driving

The City of Logan is on track to record its highest ever road toll unless driver attitudes change.
Mayor Darren Power is alarmed at the rising road toll

The City of Logan is on track to record its highest ever road toll unless driver attitudes change.

That’s the stark message from Mayor Darren Power as school holidays come to an end.

Tragically, 10 people have died on the city’s roads this year.

If the trend continues, the city will record its worst year for fatalities in more than a decade.

“Every life is precious and every serious crash or fatality has a ripple effect across the community,” Cr Power said.

“We’ve lost too many lives already this year, we can’t afford to see more lives and livelihoods destroyed on our roads.

“Please slow down, drive to the conditions and steer well clear of the Fatal Five.”

The Fatal Five are speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, distracted driving, drink and drug driving and fatigue.

Most of the fatal crashes in Logan this year have involved one or more of the Fatal Five.

“With school coming back and kids excited to see each other, it’s time to slow down, take extra care on the roads and stick to the speed limits,” Infrastructure Chair Councillor Teresa Lane said.

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) will step up patrols as school holidays end and the new school term begins.

QPS and Transport and Main Roads Transport Inspectors will also continue targeting caravans for correct travelling weights as well as focusing on motorcyclist safety.

SafeRoads4Logan is a partnership between Council, QPS, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Health, the RACQ and Queensland Motorways.

The partnership’s vision is to create a city where everyone can travel in safety, respect the rights of others and behave responsibly.

SafeRoads4Logan drives initiatives such as portable speed advisory signs, driver education and adopting safe road designs.

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