We stand with police in road plea

EDITORIAL: One would do well to consider the agony that Wide Bay Burnett District Superintendent Mark Stiles and his colleagues regularly witness.

They are the ones called to crashes, to deal with the horror at the scene, and then face the gut-wrenching trauma of knocking on doors or making phone calls to tell unaware families their loved ones have been seriously injured or killed.

In a letter posted on Facebook, Supt Stiles writes: "I ask you, no I beg you - say no to the choices that cause the traffic crashes."

These appear passionate words from one of our finest and while sceptics will quickly suggest they are not his own, whether they are or not matters little.

Police officers, ambos and firies will add a loud amen to the sentiment because it is likely the heartfelt plea of each of them.

The scene of a fatal crash always affects you. Maybe at the moment, maybe in the morning, maybe some days later, but it always hits home.

This is what these people must deal with and they're doing it way too often.

You can do little about the "other idiots" on the road, but you can do much about yourself to avoid becoming one.

Take seriously the call to avoid the fatal five because any one of them can kill you, or someone else, in an instant.

The Chronicle stands alongside Supt Stiles and our police in this call.

We say no, too. Do you?

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