News

Enough! Top cop begs community to say no to road deaths

ENOUGH is enough.

That is the message from Wide Bay Burnett District Superintendent Mark Stiles, who says the Wide Bay region is lagging behind the rest of Queensland in reducing its road toll.

Supt Stiles took to the Maryborough Police Facebook page to share his heartfelt appeal that drivers do all they can to make sure they and other road users get home safely.

"It is simple - a fatal traffic crash means someone no longer comes home," he said.

Supt Stiles refused to call the crashes "accidents", saying too often the fatalities were completely preventable.

"Our police are working with other government departments, local councils and community members to stop this impact," he said.

"We as a group are looking and seeking ways we can put the brakes on these traffic crashes.

"There are no accidents - someone makes a decision and there is a collision."

Supt Stiles said despite driver education, better engineering of roads and police traffic enforcement, people were still making the wrong choices.

"I just say, no," Supt Stiles said.

"The Police Service, Central Police Region and Wide Bay Burnett Police say no.

"No more fatal five decisions.

"No more deciding to drive tired, no to drink-driving, no to speeding, no to not wearing seatbelts and no to being distracted and inattention while driving.

Supt Stiles said it concerned him that Wide Bay residents weren't getting the message, with a series of fatal crashes in the past few weeks in Bundaberg and Gympie.

He said the Fraser Coast had also experienced its fair share of fatal crashes and "enough is enough".

Topics:  crashes, drive, fatal crashes, hervey bay, mark stiles, maryborough, police, roads



UPDATE: Missing Eli Waters man may have been seen

MISSING: Eli Waters man Wesley Dye, last seen September 16.

Wesley Dye was reported missing last week.

Five best fish and chip shops on the Fraser Coast

We did a shout out on Facebook asking our readers where’s the best place to get fish and chips across the region

The best fish and chip shops have been revealed

Choppy seas don't stop Great Fraser Coast Duck Race

The 2016 Great Fraser Coast Duck Race - Andrew Edwards with head duck Harry and some of his friends.

Hundreds flocked to Hervey Bay's WetSide Water Park

Local Partners

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

John Mayer's advice for Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes has revealed John Mayer gave him advice

Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd tie the knot

Josh Bolin marries in front of close friends and family

Marilyn Manson wants a 'nice' girl

Marilyn Manson wants a girl who understands both of his identities

Angelina turns to Depp for consolation after divorce

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with their six children

Angelina Jolie is reportedly being consoled by Johnny Depp

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state