ROAD TRAGEDY: "This one will stick with me for a while"
"THIS one will stick with me for while".
Those were the sobering words of the officer in charge of Wide Bay Forensic Crash Unit, Sergeant Steve Webb, who has stood at the scene of many fatal crashes and witnessed lives destroyed and changed forever.
The latest was on Sunday afternoon, when a vehicle left the road Gayndah Mount Perry Rd at Mingo and struck a tree.
A 27-year-old man died at the scene, but his 28-year-old wife tried to revive him for 45 heartbreaking minutes before crews arrived.
Sgt Webb visited the woman in hospital.
The man's devastated mother was also there.
"Now, instead of having a great Christmas, they've got to decide when to bury their son and husband," he said.
Sgt Webb urged people to take care while driving during the festive season.
"It you're going to drink, don't drive," he said.
"Don't do drugs full stop."
Sgt Webb said people needed to slow down, watch their speed and stick to the limit.
"Drive with proper due care and attention," he said.
"That can be hard with kids in the car sometimes."
It was also essential to stop and have a break every two hours, he said.
Ensuring everyone in the car wore a seatbelt was vital, Sgt Webb said.
"If you drive without a seatbelt you're a bloody idiot, but if you drive without your children belted, you're a bloody criminal," he said.
Sgt Webb said people needed to make sure their cars were ready for any long road trips by ensuring they were roadworthy and would not breakdown.
"Above all, enjoy the season and make sure you make it home to your families," he said.
"Think about the people you would leave behind if you were killed."
Police have already been out in force, operating speed cameras and doing random breath tests across the Fraser Coast during the holiday season.