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					 issue no. 325   April 2008




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Tackling Queensland’s road toll
                                                      FROM COMMISSIONER ATKINSON
                                                                                                                                                       Judy SpENCE Mp
                                                                                                                                                 MINISTER FOR pOlICE,


                Reducing the road toll
                                                                                                                                       CORRECTIvE SERvICES ANd SpORT




                A key priority for the Service          Three fixed speed cameras have        members throughout the regions           Last month I took the opportunity
                is providing for the safety and         also commenced operation.             who look for and devise solutions        to inform State Parliament about
                security of the community. As a         The speed camera program is           to the problems in their local           some of the excellent strategies
                Police Service we are committed         aimed at reducing road trauma         areas. A number of high-quality          being used by police in the state’s
                to reducing the devastating loss        through enforcement. Mobile           initiatives have been established        south-east corner.
                of life on our roads, which has         speed cameras have been used          to educate drivers and prevent
                traumatic consequences, not only        in Queensland since 1997.             crashes, and some of these have          One of these is the introduction of
                for the individuals already harmed      In 2007, there were 106 fatal         been recognised formally. The            Q-Cars to target reckless drivers.




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                but also for family members             crashes in speed camera zones.        contribution of this good work will      I congratulate all the police
                and friends. These incidents are        This equates to a reduction in        be crucial to our success in this        involved in this and other initiatives
                also traumatic for the police and       fatal crashes of a little over 41     area.                                    —you are helping to make our
                emergency services personnel            percent between 1995 and 2007.                                                 roads safer for all Queenslanders.
                who have to attend, manage and          In 2007, mobile speed cameras         The loss of 64 lives to date in
                investigate them.                                                             2008 is eight lives fewer than the
                                                        monitored 44,198,175 vehicles                                                  Hansard extract
                                                                                              same time in 2007.
                Sixty-four people have lost their
                                                        on Queensland roads. The new                                                   26 February 2008
                                                        generation speed cameras                                                       Q-Cars
                lives on Queensland roads this
                                                        continue to improve our ability to    Easter campaign
                year (as at March 10, 2008). We
                                                        curb irresponsible behaviour by                                                Hon. JC SPENCE (Mount Gravatt—
                must continually strive to improve                                            Over the Easter period the Service
                                                        drivers who persist in speeding.                                               ALP) (Minister for Police, Corrective
                both educational and enforcement                                              focused on a strong policing
                                                                                                                                       Services and Sport) (9.49 am):
                strategies to keep the number           The Random Roadside Drug              presence, which gave all QPS
                                                                                                                                       Late last year I announced that
                of deaths and injuries as low as                                              officers the opportunity to be
                                                        Testing Project, implemented late                                              two non-standard, unmarked
                possible.                                                                     directly involved and contribute
                                                        last year, supports our continued                                              police vehicles, known as Q-Cars,
                                                        efforts to take dangerous drivers     to road safety in Queensland.
                In the past six months a                                                                                               would be patrolling undercover
                                                        off the road. Police officers are     Staff not normally deployed in the
                number of new initiatives have                                                                                         on our roads. Hoons looking out
                                                        now able to detect cannabis,          operational policing environment
                been implemented, reflecting                                                                                           for standard police cars have had
                                                        methamphetamines and ecstasy          took part in proactive and reactive
                the commitment of individual                                                                                           quite a shock recently when pulled
                                                        (MDMA), which are of particular       policing activities over the Easter
                members in that regard.                                                                                                over by a Q-Car.
                                                        concern because the presence of       holiday period. This initiative not
                In January, the Save A Life A Week      those drugs is being identified in    only enhanced our visible presence       I would like to inform the House of
                road safety campaign commenced,         drivers involved in both fatal and    on Queensland roads, but also            the operations of the two unmarked
                with the aim of reducing the 2007       serious injury crashes.               allowed greater flexibility in terms     vehicles from 20 December 2007
                road toll by an average of one life                                           of deploying our operational             to 10 January 2008. In that short
                per week. In 2007, 360 people           While the Service as a whole          officers across this busy holiday        time, 264 offenders were detected.
                were killed on Queensland roads in      focuses considerable effort on        period. I look forward to feedback       The vast majority were men,
                338 separate traffic crashes. The       road safety campaigns, I gratefully   from the regions, and thank you          with only 50 women caught. One
                campaign has the goal of reducing       acknowledge the innovation and        all for your contribution to this very   hundred and eighty people were
                that number by 52 in 2008.              energy displayed by individual        important road safety campaign.          booked for speeding, 77 for using

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MINISTER FOR pOlICE,
CORRECTIvE SERvICES ANd SpORT
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a mobile phone and 18 for not
wearing a seatbelt. But it is the
stories behind these infringements
that demonstrate the value of the
unmarked police vehicles.

Reckless drivers simply have no
idea they are passing a police car.
The Q-Cars have detected drivers
accused of appalling episodes
of speeding. For instance, in
December police booked the driver
of a black ute that overtook a
Q-Car and reached 170 kilometres
per hour in a 110 kilometres per                                              FROM ACTINg dEpuTy COMMISSIONER RyNdERS
hour zone on the Pacific Motorway
at Pimpama. The offender’s six-
year-old son was in the front seat.

On another day a vehicle on the
Pacific Highway was detected by
radar doing 153 kilometres per
                                      Enforcement a key strategy
hour in a 110 kilometres per hour
zone. The driver suddenly slowed
                                      Road trauma ranks as one of               enforcement operations targeting      interceptions, and motorcycle
down to 110 kilometres per hour
                                      Queensland’s most significant             various driver behaviours at peak     patrols throughout Queensland.
when he saw a marked police car
                                      public health problems.                   periods. These operations focus on
at the side of the road. Once past                                                                                    An evaluation will be conducted
                                                                                the dangerous driving behaviours
the marked car, thinking the coast    The economic cost of each                                                       to determine the outcomes of the
                                                                                —speeding, drink/drug driving,
was clear, the driver sped up to      individual fatal crash is calculated                                            Easter 2008 deployment strategy
                                                                                fatigue and driving unrestrained
135 kilometres per hour. At that

                                                                                                                                                              Crash-tackling our attitudes
                                      to be $2,205,030, based                   —as well as heavy-vehicle             and the benefits of this type of
stage he was issued with a second     on Bureau of Transport and                                                      initiative in the future.
                                                                                compliance, defective vehicles, and
speeding notice.                      Economics statistics and converted        enforcing designated school zones.    I thank all staff for their continued


                                                                                                                                                              towards accidents
                                      into a 2007 dollar value.
Of the 13 motorcyclists pulled                                                                                        efforts in relation to road safety,
                                                                                The most recent operation was
over, two cases stand out for         In 2007, the cost for road fatalities                                           not only over the Easter weekend,
                                                                                the Easter Road Safety Campaign,
all the wrong reasons. One was        in Queensland reached more than                                                 but throughout the year as we
                                                                                which aimed to enhance road
caught doing 160 kilometres per       $740 million.                                                                   endeavour to make our roads safer
                                                                                safety through a strong police
hour in an 80 kilometres per hour                                                                                     for the Queensland community and        No-one starts a journey in a          believes the term ‘accident’ is at    Over the past five years (2003          corresponding reduction in road
                                      This cost does not take into              presence. This year the Service
zone across the Gateway Bridge.                                                                                       visitors.                               motor vehicle with the intention of   the root of a psychological barrier   to 2007) 1,519 fatal crashes            trauma,” Inspector Thomas said.
                                      account the incalculable levels of        greatly increased the number of
Another overtook a Q-Car on the                                                                                                                               crashing, but that does not make a    that prevents drivers from taking     occurred on Queensland roads
                                      pain and sorrow to the victims,           officers performing high-visibility                                                                                                                                                               “To do that, representatives from
Pacific Motorway and was clocked                                                                                                                              crash an accident.                    road rules seriously and being        resulting in the deaths of 1,645
                                      families and friends involved in          traffic duties.                                                                                                                                                                                   the media, transport, road safety,
doing 180 kilometres per hour in a                                                                                                                                                                  responsible for the choices they      people.
110 kilometres per hour zone.         such incidents. I’m sure you agree                                                                                      Often the driver will blame their     make.                                                                         and insurance industries must
                                                                                Redistribution of funding from the
                                      this is an impelling reason to make                                                                                     vehicle, the road, or the weather                                           The financial cost of these             support the change by referring to
                                                                                Road Safety Initiatives Program
Police in the Q-Cars have heard       every effort to reduce road trauma                                                                                      rather than themselves.               “The word ‘accident’ implies that     incidents was more than $3.3            crashes as ‘crashes’, ‘collisions’ or
                                                                                ensures more resources are
their fair share of excuses from      in Queensland.                                                                                                                                                there has been an interplay of        billion and the total social cost       ‘incidents’.
                                                                                available for road safety tasking                                             Road crashes primarily occur
drivers. At Robina Parkway a driver                                                                                                                                                                 random or chance factors, and         is much higher when all injury
                                      One of the Queensland Police              during times when, historically,                                              because a road user has either                                                                                      “Only a united and consistent
was detected doing 160 kilometres                                                                                                                                                                   this does not help the road safety    crashes are included.
                                      Service’s primary goals is the            increased levels of road trauma                                               deliberately broken a road rule                                                                                     message can influence, over
per hour in an 80 kilometres per                                                                                                                                                                    effort because it undermines the
                                      preservation of life and property,        occur.                                                                        or was driving without due care                                             Inspector Thomas said it was part       time, the general community’s
hour zone. He initially said that a                                                                                                                                                                 notion that crashes have causal
car was chasing him, but the in-car   and providing a strong and visible                                                                                      and attention. These are both         or contributory factors,” Inspector   of our culture to refer to crashes as   perception of crashes.”
                                                                                In effect, it will enable the
video showed no other cars within     presence on roads through traffic                                                                                       considered offences–not accidents.    Thomas said.                          ‘accidents’ and it would take time
                                                                                deployment of a diverse range of
a kilometre of him.                   enforcement is a cornerstone of                                                                                                                                                                     and a range of strategies to change
                                                                                enforcement strategies including                                              Why is it then that road crashes
                                      achieving this goal.                                                                                                                                          “The road rules provide a system      that culture.
                                                                                marked and unmarked vehicles,                                                 are referred to as ‘accidents’?
The Q-Cars have been a success                                                                                                                                                                      for safe road usage, and when
                                      Each year, the Service undertakes         speed camera operations, static                                                                                                                           “The terminology must change
and are sending a message to                                                                                                                                  Inspector Chris Thomas from           adhered to there is no reason why
                                      a number of statewide traffic             LIDAR, random breath test                                                                                                                                 before there can be any significant
offenders that they could be caught                                                                                                                           the State Traffic Support Branch      all road users should not reach
anywhere at any time.                                                                                                                                                                               their destination safely.”            change in driver attitude and a



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                                 Putting names to numbers
ueensland police Commissioner Bob Atkinson
           Police and journalists may not always have a comfortable relationship with         What makes the Save A Life A Week campaign unique is that many of the                                                                                                      senior sergeant sean o’neill, project Coordinator,
he thing that troubles me most about the road toll is that it continues to climb, and it has done so in recent years to the extent that it is now the worst in ten years.
           each other, but there is one thing both professions agree on—they need             stories are told from the point of view of the families and loved ones of                                                                                                  save A life A Week campaign
           each other.                                                                        those affected by road trauma.
 significant change came about in 1998. In 1997 the road toll was 360, and then when speed cameras were introduced in 1998 the road toll dropped to 279. That is 81 fewer lives lost than the year before. The reason, in my view, was that everyone slowed down because they were worried about being caught speeding.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I speak to the families of people who’ve been killed in crashes after they’ve
           Media organisations and police when they has to appeal than public                  it was 360 which may indicate the social and economic cost
he next year it climbed to 304,assistevery year since it needbeen moreto the 300. Last yearWhereas statistics is exactly where we were at ten years ago. of crashes,                                                                                                     been notified by the investigating police officer, and they’ve identified their
           for information, while journalists look to law enforcement agencies to             it is often personal stories that succeed in breaking through the barrier of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         loved one. I contact them because the details of the deceased can’t be
           provide material for is a tragedy. Many other people in car crashes suffer terrible injury and become paraplegicssense of empathy with victims is an their
 is not only the loss of life thatstories.                                                    indifference by appealing to our or are brain damaged. There and enormous personal and social cost.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         released without their consent. I ask them if they want to be involved in
                                                                                              families.                                                                                   Michael Crutcher, Chief of staff, The Courier-Mail.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         telling their lives. Check the stats help paragraph – families it, PH.
he frustrating thing is I know we can do better. takenof the most important measures when talking about the road toll is the rate of deaths per 100,000 people. In Victoria it is 6.5. In Queensland it is 8.5. If we could get ours down to 6.5 that would be a tremendous saving of stories, because it mayin thisprevent other I’m onto from having
           Last December, this relationship was One to a new level when
           Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson and The Courier-Mail Chief             Keeping the road toll at top-of-mind awareness for the public is only one                   The first Sunday morning of 2008 brought home the harsh reality of             to go through the same thing.
            Save Life is Crutcher met over this ways of working together a try to               seven to reduce the number of deaths. In were achieving that, but it varies from week to week. Currently we havecampaign. The news spreadour roads than near time last year. This is a significant starting point to achieving our overall goal however we
he goal ofof StaffaMichaelto try and save to discussyear an average of one life to week. Aboutstrategyor eight weeks into the campaign we the last year, the Queensland                   the Save A Life A Week nine fewer people killed on about a crash at this
  nnot afford to be complacent road toll.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                At this stage only one family has declined the opportunity. Most people
           reduce Queensland’s                                                                Police Service has implemented new initiatives such as random roadside                      Warwick the previous night that had killed four of the town’s best and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         actually want to talk about it because it’s a way of acknowledging the life of
                                                                                              drug testing, fixed speed cameras, a Q-Car trial, and an additional 10                      brightest young people.
                 the partnership between A police and The which Mail, and I’m the                                                                                                                                                                                        their son or daughter or spouse or friend. They’re not just of lives number
m grateful for result was the Save A LifetheWeek campaign,Courier aims to reducesure though a combined and cooperative effort we can get the rate and road toll down. Ultimately I don’t think we will ever completely eliminate the road toll, but we can do far better than we have in recent years, and the resulting prevention another lost and ruined
           The
                                                                                              high-visibility highway patrol cars. A vehicle impoundment regime was also
                                       worth the effort.
 rough serious injuries will be welltoll by an average of one life for every week of the
           2007 Queensland road                                                                                                                                                           They were the first deaths of the year and they reminded us that this          —there’s a name put to that crash.
                                                                                              introduced to target recidivist unlicensed, uninsured, unregistered drivers
           year.                                                                                                                                                                          campaign would be long and littered with tragic stories. But it’s about hope
                                                                                              and those driving illegally modified vehicles.                                                                                                                             I have two boys, aged five and two. So far there have been no crashes with
                                                                                                                                                                                          and the prospect of preventing even one death will make it more than
           The Queensland Police Service believes the vast majority of crashes are                                                                                                                                                                                       little kids involved, but there’s always an anxiety speaking to parents, trying
                                                                                              The Service also works with Queensland Transport to identify key causal                     worthwhile.
           preventable, and in an effort to keep public attention focused on road                                                                                                                                                                                        not to put yourself in their shoes.
                                                                                              factors from last year’s road toll to guide the development of additional
           safety, The Courier-Mail agreed to publish at least one story per week on                                                                                                      The campaign was generated during a chat with the Commissioner over
                                                                                              strategies to reduce road fatalities.                                                                                                                                      Last week I rang four families on one day and at the end of it I was
           the issue.                                                                                                                                                                     Christmas during our holiday road toll campaign. We discussed the chance
                                                                                              With the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Government, and The                                                                                                         mentally and emotionally exhausted. When I speak to them it’s all very raw.
           The stories promote awareness of the most common causes of road                                                                                                                of extending the usual focus on the road toll—the Easter and Christmas
                                                                                              Courier-Mail working in partnership to change drivers’ attitudes and                                                                                                       I spent an hour and fifteen minutes talking to one woman recently. She
           fatalities, which include driving without a seatbelt, driving while tired                                                                                                      holiday periods—into a year-long campaign. With the enthusiasm of the
                                                                                              behaviours, the fervent hope is that at least 52 fewer people than last year                                                                                               spent most of the time yelling at me and then apologising. She just had to
           or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or not driving to the road                                                                                                         Commissioner and the help of the likes of the Premier, and the Police and
                                                                                              will lose their lives on the state’s roads.                                                                                                                                vent. Some of these people just want to speak to someone, someone they
           conditions.                                                                                                                                                                    Transport Ministers, the campaign developed in a matter of days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         don’t even necessarily know. You get off the phone and they thank you for
                                                                                              By Paula Hedemann,                                                                          It means that The Courier-Mail’s reporters will keep a close eye on all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         calling. In that way you feel you may have helped a little.
                                                                                              Media and Public Affairs Branch                                                             aspects of the road toll, including the stories of those killed on the roads.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Every time there’s another crash I’m really disappointed, but some weeks
                                                                                                                                                                                       Journos don’t generally look forward to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the road toll is less than it was last year, so that’s encouraging.
                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘deathknocks’—the practice of approaching
                                                                                          crashes suffer terrible injuries become paraplegics, or are brain damaged.                   families of people who have died. The
                                                                                          There is an enormous personal and social cost.                                               reactions can vary and we’re always
                                                                                          The frustrating thing is I know we can do better. One of the most                            grateful and in awe of the families willing
                                                                                          important measures when talking about the road toll is the rate of deaths                    to talk, sometimes hours after a death.
                                                                                          per 100,000 people. In Victoria it is 6.9. In Queensland it is 8.6. If we                    The end goal is to bring a human face
         Queensland police Commissioner Bob Atkinson                                                                                                                                   to the statistics, delivering a powerful
                                                                                          could get ours down to 6.9 that would be a tremendous saving of lives.
         The thing that troubles me most about the road toll is that it continues to                                                                                                   message about the need for safety on the
                                                                                          The goal of Save A Life A Week is to try and save over this year an average
         climb, and it has done so in recent years to the extent that it is now the                                                                                                    roads.
                                                                                          of one life a week. About seven or eight weeks into the campaign we
         worst in 10 years.
                                                                                          were achieving that, but it varies from week to week. Currently we have                      We were delighted to get behind the
         A significant change came about in 1998. In 1997 the road toll was               nine fewer people killed on our roads than at this time last year. This is a                 campaign, because it’s a way of doing
         360, and then when speed cameras were introduced in 1998 the road                significant starting point to achieving our overall goal however we cannot                   something positive. And we value the
         toll dropped to 279. That is 81 fewer lives lost than the year before. The       afford to be complacent.                                                                     assistance of the Queensland Police
         reason, in my view, was that everyone slowed down because they were
                                                                                          I’m grateful for the partnership between QPS and The Courier-Mail,                           Service and the State Government. We
         worried about being caught speeding.
                                                                                          and I’m sure through a combined and cooperative effort we can get the                        know the campaign will take time but it’s
         The next year it climbed to 304, and every year since it has been more           rate and road toll down. Ultimately I don’t think we will ever completely                    worth it.
         than 300. Last year it was 360, which is exactly where we were at 10             eliminate the road toll, but we can do far better than we have in recent
         years ago.                                                                       years, and the resulting prevention of lives lost and ruined through serious
         It is not only the loss of life that is a tragedy. Many other people in car      injuries will be well worth the effort.



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Tragedy of loss provides inspiration
for Police Beat
Peter Lawrence, 20, was a            The tragedy of Peter’s death was       campaign the display remained for    “I’m still angry at the man
sensible man.                        painful for his family, but as part    more than a month, with several      responsible, and it really hurt when
                                     of the healing Val allowed her         people requesting a copy of the      he appealed the sentence.
After spending time at a mate’s      local Police Beat to use his story     poem.
place on a Monday night in           to promote the message of safe                                              “It made me feel like Peter’s life
January 2007, he decided to leave    driving.                               Val said the campaign was a way      was worth nothing.”
his car and walk home.                                                      of honouring her son.
                                     On the first anniversary of her                                             Peter would have celebrated his
Returning the following day after    son’s death the Garden City Police     “I was really pleased with the       22nd birthday on Wednesday
leaving a quick message for his      Beat ran a road safety campaign,       display and a lot of people I know   February 27. His family celebrated
mum Val, Peter set off along         displaying photos of Peter and a       went and saw it,” Val said.          the occasion when his friends
Algester Road, south of Brisbane,    poem written by an administration                                           called Val to take her out to the
to collect his car.                                                         “Everyone at the Police Beat         local bowls club.
                                     officer at the Beat to highlight the   treated me with respect and
About midday, before he reached      emotional cost to the families and     wanted to make sure I was okay       “Peter’s friends keep an eye out
his destination, Peter was struck    friends of those killed.               through the whole process.”          for us,” Val said.
by a car that had mounted a          Senior Constable Joe Cotroneo,
landscaped median strip.                                                    Val said she and her youngest son    “It’s lovely.”
                                     Garden City Police Beat’s              were still in the healing process
                                     Officer in Charge, coordinated                                              By Michelle Fleming,
The car continued on its deadly                                             and taking each day as it came.
                                     the campaign which included a                                               Media and Public Affairs Branch
course, smashing into two parked
cars and through a fence before      Powerpoint presentation
finally lodging in a garden.         run on a continuous
                                     loop, produced by



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Peter died in hospital only weeks    Senior Constable
from his 21st birthday.              Mark Wrangell, South
                                     Brisbane District Traffic
The driver was a repeat drink-       Branch.
driver and disqualified driver. He
pleaded guilty to the charges and    The presentation was
was handed a six-year sentence to    initially to run for a
serve a minimum of two-and-a half    couple of weeks, but
years.                               members of the public
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Finding positives in the negative                                                                                                                              The ones left behind speak out
                                                  response to a series of     People seem to be listening. In         The message is clear: if you suffer
                                                  fatal car crashes on the    fact the workshops have been            from a medical condition that
                                                   Sunshine Coast.            so successful on the Sunshine           is either stable or unstable you
                                                                              Coast they are now running at           need to acknowledge and take
                                                    Instead of drumming       Cleveland and Ipswich, with Logan,      responsibility for that condition.
                                                     in road rules or         Townsville and Warwick to start
                                                      delivering stern        soon.                                   As a tribute to Jet, I wrote to Police
                                                      lectures, the                                                   Minister Judy Spence and then
                                                       workshops focus        At the workshops I speak very           Transport Minister Paul Lucas to
                                                        on the choices        candidly about my own car crash,        ask if the new legislation could
                                                        and decisions you     losing Jet, and the impact mine         be renamed Jet’s Law, and I am
                                                         make as a driver     and Bailey’s injuries have had on       honoured to say the Queensland
                                                         and the possible     our lives.                              Government has agreed.
                                                          consequences of
                                                          those decisions.    I ask the audience if through a         It will be the first time in
                                                                              poor choice, could they sleep           Queensland history a law has ever
                                        We all know how dangerous it is to    at night knowing they had killed        been named after someone. My
I’m a police officer. I thought I was   speed, drink drive, or drive while    an innocent child, their mate or        son’s memory will be maintained
invincible. I was wrong.                talking or texting on your mobile     someone’s mother or father? Could       in official records for all time, and
                                        phone, but so many people still       they carry that guilt for the rest of   in future when anyone researches
At 12.30pm, on Saturday,                do these things without a second      their lives?                            this law, they will learn about Jet.
February 28, 2004, I was driving        thought.
along the Logan Motorway,                                                     The tragedy inflicted on my family      Jet’s Law is about road safety and
Brisbane, with my two sons, Jet         The presenters are people who         could have been avoided if only the     saving lives. It is about protecting
and Bailey, in the back seat. It was    have been directly affected by road   driver of the car that collided with    those who refuse to protect
                                        trauma and they try to change         us had made different choices.          themselves.                              The six men and women from the       account of an incident where he         on the embankment was standing         In that short time Warren got to
hot, and we were on our way to my
                                        attitudes by telling the audience                                                                                      Sunshine Coast had never met         played an important role.               about three metres away talking on     know a lot about Debbie and her
parent’s house for a swim. At the
                                        how it has affected them.             As a direct result of our crash         It is about protecting innocent          before, but they found themselves                                            her mobile phone.                      family, forming a bond he would
same time on the opposite side of                                                                                                                                                                   Sippy Downs man Warren Lowe
                                                                              new legislation was introduced to       people who through some twist of         in the same grim category of ‘the                                                                                   never forget.
the motorway, a driver lapsed into                                                                                                                                                                  (pictured) held severely injured        “She was doing the right thing.
                                                                              ensure people suffering from a          fate find themselves in the wrong        ones left behind’ when they came
an epileptic fit behind the wheel,
and the car careened across the         I thought these                       medical condition that affects their
                                                                              ability to drive must now report
                                                                                                                      place at the wrong time. In the
                                                                                                                      passing of Jet’s Law, I am finally
                                                                                                                                                               together recently to share their
                                                                                                                                                                                                    woman Debbie in his arms for an
                                                                                                                                                                                                    hour while emergency services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When the Landcruiser hit her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            car, it bounced back up the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “They took her to the hospital in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the ambulance but no one called
median strip towards us. Jet, 22                                                                                                                               heart-wrenching personal stories
months, was killed. Seven-year-            things only                        that condition to both their doctors    able to find some positive in such       about road trauma.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    worked to lift a car from her
                                                                                                                                                                                                    crushed body.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            embankment and knocked the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            woman on the phone down and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   me to tell me what happened. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   found out she had died when I
                                                                              and Queensland Transport.               a tragic event.
old Bailey was left a paraplegic. I
suffered serious abdominal injuries       happened to                         Since the legislation was               By Senior Constable Anita Rowland,
                                                                                                                                                               Acting Inspector Peter Flanders,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Warren nursed Debbie’s head and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the car came back down on her.”        heard it on the radio about 5am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the next morning. That was really
                                                                                                                                                               North Coast Region Traffic Co-
and was in hospital for several
months.
                                          other people.                       introduced in March 2006, over
                                                                              65,000 people have registered.
                                                                                                                      Operational Performance Review Unit
                                                                                                                                                               ordinator, had contacted each of
                                                                                                                                                                                                    held her hand while he calmly
                                                                                                                                                                                                    chatted about family and daily life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Warren immediately pulled up and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            raced over and tried to lift the car
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   hard to take in. I thought I had
                                                                                                                                                               the six locals to take part in the                                                                                  done the right thing.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            off the woman.
I thought these things only                                                                                                                                    region’s innovative traffic safety   Nine months on he still plays                                                  Warren went to the funeral and
happened to other people.                                                                                                                                      campaign.                            the ‘what if’ game, reliving the        “People were yelling at me not to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   spoke to the family, retelling
                                                                                                                                                                                                    moments as vividly as if they were      lift the car but I thought the woman
My physical injuries have mostly                                                                                                                               “I asked them if they would be                                                                                      Debbie’s last moments.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    yesterday.                              would have a better chance being
healed, but trying to find ways to                                                                                                                             part of a traffic campaign aimed                                             free.”                                 “It was really good that I went
hold onto the positive memories                                                                                                                                at sending a message to all road     “I saw the whole bloody thing,”                                                to the funeral as I was able to
of Jet while facing a future without                                                                                                                           users and hopefully saving lives,”   Warren said.                            While he did his best to comfort
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   find some closure. I still went to
him is an on-going challenge. I’ve                                                                                                                             Acting Inspector Flanders said.                                              Debbie her phone started to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   counselling as it was a hard thing
searched for some sort of meaning                                                                                                                                                                   “It had just started to sprinkle with   ring. They found it in the bushes.
                                                                                                                                                               “Despite their own devastating                                                                                      to get over. I’m not as big or tough
to this seemingly random event.                                                                                                                                                                     rain and I was following a woman        Her sister was on the other end,
                                                                                                                                                               losses, they all agreed.”                                                                                           as I thought I was.”
I haven’t found it yet, but I keep                                                                                                                                                                  in a Landcruiser around the exit off    shocked at the news.
going.                                                                                                                                                                                              the Sunshine Coast Motorway at                                                 Warren said in this case the cause
                                                                                                                                                               The participants spoke candidly                                              He didn’t know it at the time, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Buderim-Mooloolaba exit.                                                   of the crash wasn’t speed or bad
In December 2006 Inspector Tony                                                                                                                                of the tragedies that had changed                                            Debbie had suffered fatal injuries,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   driving.
Lewis and Senior Sergeant Pete                                                                                                                                 their lives, and their words         “The driver started to spin out of      including two smashed knees, a
Flanders of Maroochydore Police                                                                                                                                were used in a series of radio       control, but she caught it then         smashed hip, eight broken ribs,        “It was just a combination of rain
asked me to participate in a Driver                                                                                                                            announcements to send a powerful     went the other way. She ended up        and internal bleeding.                 and oil on the road. People need to
Safety Workshop. The workshops                                                                                                                                 and personal message to the          hitting a car that was already on                                              drive to the conditions.”
were being conducted in                                                                                                                                        public.                              the embankment.”                        “I just kept on talking to her and
partnership with the Maroochydore                                                                                                                                                                                                           told her when we got out of here       By Michelle Fleming,
RSL Sub Branch and RSL Club in                                                                                                                                 The following story is one man’s     Warren said the driver of the car       we would go for a drink.”              Media and Public Affairs Branch


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Getting the
facts straight
With the on-going focus on road safety and the state’s road
toll, it is timely to remind motorists of some aspects of traffic
legislation that are often overlooked or misunderstood.

While the majority of drivers do the right thing on the
roads, sometimes drivers are unaware that what they are
doing is in fact illegal and could result in a ticket being
issued, or worse, lead to a traffic crash.

The list below contains some areas of traffic policing
that motorists may be unsure about, as well as some
offences which are sometimes misunderstood by
drivers.

By Sergeant Debbie Colussi,
Media and Public Affairs Branch


 Offence                   Further information                                       Penalty              Advice
 Obstructed view           Use of a GPS navigational device by a driver is           $45 ticket           If an object, such as an item hanging from a
 while driving, eg.        legal, however the placement of the device may                                 rearview mirror, or a GPS device obstructs
 GPS devices,              become an issue if not positioned correctly. It                                your vision it must be moved to a different



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 objects hanging           must not obstruct a driver’s view.                                             place or removed.
 from rearview mirror
 Driver using a            Using your phone in any way, including scrolling          $225 ticket and      If you need to use your phone for any
 mobile phone              through your phone’s menu options or retrieving           three demerit        reason, you must completely pull off the
                           messages, is illegal.                                     points               road and park the car before picking up the
                                                                                                          phone.
 Illegal vehicle           All vehicles on Australian roads must meet                Up to $150 ticket    If you are contemplating modifying a vehicle
 modifications             certain design and safety criteria. The onus is on        and three demerit    or purchasing an already modified vehicle,
                           the driver to ensure any modification is legal. For       points               you need to ensure the vehicle still complies
                           example, it is illegal to put low-profile tyres on                             with Queensland regulations. Queensland
                           a utility that was manufactured to be used as a                                Transport has further information in relation
                           commercial vehicle.                                                            to modification of vehicles.
 Failing to stop at a      Includes rolling over the white line at traffic lights,   $225 ticket and      You must stop before the white line at a
 red light                 or stopping with your wheels over the white line.         three demerit        red light and not cross it until the light goes
                                                                                     points               green.
 Non-learner driver        You must not drive a vehicle with L plates fitted         $10 ticket           If you drive a car that is sometimes driven by
 with L plates fitted      if you are not a learner driver (instructors are                               a learner driver, ensure L plates are removed
                           exempt).                                                                       when the learner is not driving.
 Fail to keep left         When you are driving on a multi-lane road with a          $45 ticket and       Keeping left is not only courteous to other
 unless overtaking         speed limit greater than 80km/h, you must keep            two demerit points   road users, it is also easier for emergency
                           left unless overtaking.                                                        vehicles to pass traffic in an emergency.
 Leaving keys in the       Failing to lock your car when it is parked not only       $30 ticket           You must turn the engine off and lock the
 ignition or failing to    increases the risk of your car being stolen, it is                             doors if you are parking an unattended
 lock your vehicle         also illegal, as is leaving the keys in the ignition                           vehicle. Also, you must remove the keys
                           if there is no one older than 16 years left in the                             from the ignition if there is no one older than
                           vehicle.                                                                       16 years in the car.
 U-turns at traffic        Most drivers incorrectly believe they can perform         $60 ticket and       It is illegal to perform a U-turn at a set of
 lights                    a U-turn at traffic lights unless there is a sign         two demerit points   traffic lights unless there is a sign at the
                           advising ‘no U-turns’.                                                         lights stating that U-turns are permitted.


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                                                                                                                                                        The study provided evidence of the   in the radar frequency is used to     “Under Queensland
                                                                                                                                                        effectiveness of speed cameras       calculate the speed,” Acting Senior   legislation, money
                                                                                                                                                        and it is hoped that fixed speed     Sergeant Smith said.                  generated by speed
                                                                                                                                                        cameras will achieve similar                                               cameras in excess of the
                                                                                                                                                        results.                             “Those vehicles travelling at or      administrative costs is
                                                                                                                                                                                             above the tolerance level are         used to fund rehabilitation
                                                                                                                                                        Inspector Allan Hales is Program     photographed.                         for the victims of road
                                                                                                                                                        Manager for the Queensland                                                 trauma, road safety and
                                                                                                                                                        Police Service Road Safety Summit    “Each of the fixed cameras in
                                                                                                                                                                                             Queensland is inspected and           awareness programs, and
                                                                                                                                                        Projects. He said the Camera                                               for improving Queensland
                                                                                                                                                        Detected Offence Program had         serviced several times each week
                                                                                                                                                                                             to ensure the camera operations       roads,” Inspector Hales
                                                                                                                                                        started with the introduction of                                           said.
                                                                                                                                                        red light cameras in Queensland      are maintained, and the project
                                                                                                                                                        in 1991, and expanded in 1997        team will continue to investigate     Inspector Hales said the
                                                                                                                                                        when mobile speed cameras were       emerging technologies for future      safe4life initiative of the
                                                                                                                                                        introduced.                          use in Queensland.”                   Queensland Road Safety
                                                                                                                                                                                             If a motorist is detected speeding    Strategy 2004–2011
                                                                                                                                                        “These three fixed cameras are the                                         aimed to reach a target of
                                                                                                                                                        latest strategy for the Queensland   through a fixed camera site
                                                                                                                                                                                             they can expect to receive an         less than 5.6 deaths per
                                                                                                                                                        Police Service in terms of speed                                           100,000 people by 2011.
                                                                                                                                                        management and enhanced road         infringement notice within two
                                                                                                                                                        safety,” Inspector Hales said.       weeks of that date.

                                                                                                                                                        “Fixed speed cameras are one
                                                                                                                                                        of several road safety initiatives
                                                                                                                                                        introduced as a result of the
                                                                                                                                                        2006 Road Safety Summit.
                                                                                                                                                        Early analysis of the data from
                                                                                                                                                        these cameras shows they have
                                                                                                                                                        had a positive effect on speed
                                                                                                                                                        compliance in the area of the
                                                                                                                                                        cameras,” he said.

                                                                                                                                                        Acting Senior Sergeant Nigel Smith
                                                                                                                                                        from the Fixed Camera Project
                                                                                                                                                        said the three fixed speed cameras
                                                                                                                                                        used Gatsometer Radar, the same
                                                                                                                                                        technology as the mobile speed
                                                                                                                                                        cameras.

                                                                                                                                                        “The Gatsometer is a proven and
                                                                                                                                                        reliable form of radar technology
                                                                                                                                                        and when a vehicle travels through
                                                                                                                                                        the fixed camera site, the change


A healthy fixation with road safety                                                                                                                                                                                                             “The speed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                management strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Police will not tolerate speeding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         drivers that place all road users at
The activation of the latest fixed   commenced operation, located         Judy Spence, Minister for Police,       University Accident Research                                                                                                  involves all of the      risk.”
speed camera marked the              northbound on Main Street,           Corrective Services and Sport, said     Centre in 2003 investigated the                                                                                               speed detection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                devices, including       By Matthew Rigby,
completion of the first stage in     Kangaroo Point, between the          fixed speed cameras had been            effects of speed cameras between                                                                                                                       Media and Public Affairs Branch
the implementation of fixed speed    Shaftson Avenue on-ramp and          placed in high-traffic areas where it   1997 and 2001.                                                                                                                hand-held laser and
cameras in Queensland.               Thornton Street, and northbound      was unsafe or impractical to have                                                                                                                                     mobile radar devices,”
                                     on the Bruce Highway at the          mobile speed camera vans.               The study, titled The Evaluation                                                                                              Inspector Hales said.
The camera is located northbound     Burpengary weighbridge.                                                      of the Crash Effects of the
on the Pacific Motorway at                                                “This is about ensuring known           Queensland Speed Camera                                                                                                       “Use of the fixed and
Tarragindi, between the Birdwood     The next stage of implementation     black spots on our roads are            Program, concluded there was a                                                                                                mobile cameras is one
Road and Esher Road overpasses,      will relate to introducing digital   covered—in short, this is about         reduction in the number of crashes                                                                                            part of that strategy
and came online in February.         technology into the Camera           saving lives,” Minister Spence said.    within several kilometres of where                                                                                            and provides police
                                     Detected Offence Program.                                                    speed cameras were located, and                                                                                               with the resources to
Two months earlier Queensland’s                                           A study by Stuart Newstead and          that over the four-year period this                                                                                           enforce and promote
first two fixed speed cameras                                             Max Cameron of the Monash               distance increased.                                                                                                           compliance to speed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                limits on all roads.


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                                                                                                                                          A Queensland Health                    “These particular groups are             “The saliva sample is then passed
                                                                                                                                          spokesperson said illicit drugs had    most likely to be effected by illegal    onto the Queensland Forensic
                                                                                                                                          the capability of affecting driving    substances.                              Services’ John Tonge Centre where
                                                                                                                                          skills.                                                                         they will analyse it and issue a
                                                                                                                                                                                 “We are testing for drugs we know        certificate of analysis within seven
                                                                                                                                          “Drugs can affect a driver’s ability   are completely illicit,” he said.        days to six weeks.”
                                                                                                                                          to see and hear, concentrate,
                                                                                                                                          make appropriate decisions, react      “The three drugs we are testing for      A positive analysis will result in a
                                                                                                                                          to their surroundings, and co-         shouldn’t be taken in any shape          prosecution being commenced
                                                                                                                                          ordinate their muscle movements,”      or form.”                                against the driver.
                                                                                                                                          the spokesperson said.                 If there is a positive reading           Senior Sergeant Groenhuijzen
                                                                                                                                          “Each drug has a different effect.     collected from the driver, they are      said officers recognised the signs
                                                                                                                                          Methamphetamine is a stimulant,        taken for further testing in special-    of a drink-driver but drug-driving
                                                                                                                                          ecstasy (MDMA) is a combination        purpose vehicles.                        detection was a finer line. Officers
                                                                                                                                          of a stimulant and hallucinogenic,     “On this occasion about one              in the Roadside Drug Testing Unit
                                                                                                                                          and the tetrahydrocannabinol           millilitre of saliva is placed in        received training from the Forensic
                                                                                                                                          (THC) in cannabis slows down the       a buffer solution of water and           Medical Officer to look for the
                                                                                                                                          central nervous system.                a saliva analysing instrument            physical indicators of a person on
                                                                                                                                                                                 confirms if the test is positive,”       drugs.
                                                                                                                                          “There is no quality control for
                                                                                                                                          drugs made in illicit laboratories     Senior Sergeant Groenhuijzen said.       The Random Roadside Drug
                                                                                                                                          so individuals who use these drugs     “If the reading is positive the driver   Testing Unit is to be expanded in
                                                                                                                                          have no way of knowing exactly         will have their licence suspended        due course.
                                                                                                                                          what they are taking, nor can they     for 24 hours.                            By Michelle Fleming,
                                                                                                                                          know how long these drugs will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Media and Public Affairs Branch
                                                                                                                                          stay in their system.”

                                                                                                                                          Random Roadside Drug Testing
                                                                                                                                          is proving to be effective across
                                                                                                                                          the state after the first conviction
                                                                                                                                          was issued to a Brisbane man
                                                                                                                                          charged from the first operation in
                                                                                                                                          December.

                                                                                                                                          The man, who pleaded guilty,
                                                                                                                                          was fined $250, disqualified from
                                                                                                                                          driving for two months, and given
                                                                                                                                          six months probation.

                                                                                                                                          Roadside Drug Testing Unit
                                                                                                                                          Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant
                                                                                                                                          Kevin Groenhuijzen said the
                                                                                                                                          program was designed to curb
                                                                                                                                          driver impairment and reduce
                                                                                                                                          road trauma.

                       Drivers who take to the wheel while    result, the strike rate so far is one   Before the introduction of Random   He explained that if an officer
                       under the influence of illicit drugs   in every 76.                            Roadside Drug Testing, the only     had conducted a Random Breath
                       now have even more reason to                                                   way of identifying drug drivers     Test and the result was negative,
                       consider the consequences.             Unlike Random Breath Tests,             was through blood samples taken     he or she then had the option of
                                                              which are used to check for             at a hospital from drivers either   conducting a Roadside Drug Test.
                       With the introduction of Random        alcohol in concentrations over the      involved in crashes or exhibiting
                       Roadside Drug Testing in               legal limit, Random Roadside Drug                                           “It is up to the officers if they
                                                                                                      signs of being adversely affected


Reality bites for
                       Queensland late last year, drug-       Testing is conducted by initially                                           are going to do the test,” Senior
                                                                                                      by drugs rather than alcohol.
                       drivers cannot get away with it        testing a sample of the driver’s                                            Sergeant Groenhuijzen said.
                       anymore.                               saliva.                                 Forensic Medical Officers
                                                                                                                                          “We have particular demographic
                                                                                                      employed by Queensland Health


   drug drivers
                       From midnight December 1               A quick swab of a driver’s tongue                                           groups that we look at testing,
                                                                                                      assist police by analysing blood
                       to midnight February 25, the           is all it takes for officers to                                             such as those between the ages
                                                                                                      and saliva samples, and advising
                       Roadside Drug Testing Unit             detect the presence of cannabis,                                            of 18 and 25 years, or drivers in
                                                                                                      police on impairment issues.
                       performed 2,740 tests. With 36         methamphetamine, or ecstasy, or                                             the transport industry, particularly
                       of those tests returning a positive    any combination of these drugs.                                             truckies.



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                                                                                                                                                                   Motorcycles                             Initiatives being considered            “They are proving effective.           However, while heavy vehicles are
                                                                                                                                                                                                           include:                                It’s been more than four years         over-represented in the road toll,
                                                                                                                                                                   The over-representation of
                                                                                                                                                                                                           • specific elements of a                since there has been a fatality        the majority of drivers are not seen
                                                                                                                                                                   motorcycles in the 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                             graduated licensing system,           on Mount Glorious where the            as being ‘at fault’.
                                                                                                                                                                   and 2008 road tolls has the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             such as power-to-weight ratio         Rider Survivor days are held and
                                                                                                                                                                   Queensland Police Service (QPS),                                                                                       As of March 10, 2008, 55 percent
                                                                                                                                                                                                             restrictions, tenure period           where enforcement is regularly
                                                                                                                                                                   along with the Queensland                                                                                              of heavy freight vehicle drivers
                                                                                                                                                                                                             of licences, and additional           undertaken.
                                                                                                                                                                   Government, re-evaluating current                                                                                      involved in a fatal crash were not
                                                                                                                                                                   legislation and policy regarding          training requirements
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “The holistic approach is what         considered at fault.
                                                                                                                                                                   motorcycle licensing.                   • initiatives to reduce the             works, not simply enforcement
                                                                                                                                                                                                             number of dormant motorcycle          alone,” he said.                       Crash statistics for 2007 show
                                                                                                                                                                   In 2007, 73 of the 360 fatalities         licence holders                                                              the highest-known contributing
                                                                                                                                                                   involved motorcycles. That is                                                   The next Rider Survivor day will be    circumstance for fatalities involving
                                                                                                                                                                                                           • moped licensing requirements,
                                                                                                                                                                   20 percent of all fatalities, a                                                 held on Sunday April 20, 2008,         heavy vehicles was inattention
                                                                                                                                                                                                             and
                                                                                                                                                                   significant number considering that                                             from 8am–1pm on the block of           followed closely by illegal
                                                                                                                                                                   motorcycles account for only four       • initiatives to increase rider
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   land next to the Outpost Cafe in       manoeuvres. Fatigue, speed, and
                                                                                                                                                                   percent of registered vehicles on         visibility.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Christie Street, Canungra.             inexperience also rated highly
                                                                                                                                                                   Queensland roads.                       The Government intends to begin                                                among contributing circumstances
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Police, ambulance, and fire and        to fatalities involving heavy
                                                                                                                                                                   So far this trend has continued in      a consultation process in early
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   rescue officers will be on hand        vehicles.
                                                                                                                                                                   2008. As at March 10, there were        2008 and to use the findings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to answer questions and profile
                                                                                                                                                                   15 motorcyclist fatalities out of the   to help develop a motorcycle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   what happens in the event of a         As a result of this significant
                                                                                                                                                                   65 recorded road fatalities, which      safety package. Phase one of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   serious crash. Motorcyclists will      increase, State Coroner Michael
                                                                                                                                                                   equates to 23 percent of the road       package is expected by late 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   also have the opportunity to see       Barnes is chairing a committee
                                                                                                                                                                   toll this year.                         and phases two and three will see
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   radar detection equipment, police      to discuss a review of fatalities
                                                                                                                                                                                                           the introduction of the motorcycle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   motorcycles, and a mobile car          involving heavy freight vehicles in
                                                                                                                                                                   Statistics for 2007 show that speed     safety package initiatives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   camera first hand.                     Queensland.
                                                                                                                                                                   is the most frequent contributing
                                                                                                                                                                   circumstance to motorcycle rider        The QPS regularly participates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Attendees will be invited to           Research officers from State Traffic
                                                                                                                                                                   and pillion fatalities. Inattention,    in programs such as the Rider
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   complete a survey and the              Support Branch are in the process
                                                                                                                                                                   alcohol and illegal manoeuvres          Survivor days held in Metropolitan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   results will help agencies such as     of developing a research proposal
                                                                                                                                                                                                           North and South Eastern regions.


Bikes and trucks top-heavy in road
                                                                                                                                                                   were also significant contributing                                              Queensland Transport and QPS           in consultation with a senior
                                                                                                                                                                   circumstances.                          This is a joint public education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to develop new ways to improve         research officer from CARRS-Q.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           initiative with Queensland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   motorcycle safety in the area. The
                                                                                                                                                                   To improve motorcycle safety the        Transport and the Centre for                                                   The QPS along with Queensland

toll figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   day will include a free sausage
                                                                                                                        Tragically, Queensland’s road toll         Queensland Government will be           Accident Research and Road                                                     Transport, the Australian Workers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sizzle.
                                                                                                                        has risen steadily over the last           moving forward with a phased            Safety, Queensland (CARRS-Q).                                                  Union and the Queensland
                                                                                                                        decade, with 360 fatalities recorded       approach to implement a package                                                                                        Trucking Association have all
                                                                                                                                                                   of motorcycle safety initiatives over   Sergeant Russell Waters, Brisbane       Heavy vehicles
                                                                                                                        in 2007.                                                                                                                                                          agreed to participate in the review.
                                                                                                                                                                   three years.                            West District, regularly participates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This year has also seen a
                                                                                                                                                                                                           in Rider Survivor days on Mount
                                1999      2000     2001      2002       2003      2004      2005      2006       2007   This was the highest road toll                                                                                             significant increase in the number     It is hoped this review will assist in
                                                                                                                        recorded since 1997, when 360              The Government will also be             Glorious, along with enforcement                                               reducing the level of road trauma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of fatalities involving heavy
 Total fatal crashes             273        275     296       283        284       289       296       313       338    people also lost their lives to road       undertaking a comprehensive             and education days run by QPS.                                                 on Queensland roads as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   vehicles.
                                                                                                                        trauma.                                    consultation process with key                                                                                          helping to prevent similar road
                                 314        317     324       322        310       311       330       335       360                                               motorcycle stakeholders on a            “The Rider Survivor days
 Total Queensland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As of March 10, 2008, heavy            crash fatalities in the future.
                                                                                                                        Factors that may contribute to                                                     are a joint community effort
 fatalities                                                                                                                                                        range of motorcycle initiatives,                                                vehicles were involved in 26 of
                                                                                                                        these frightening figures include the      including those recommended             between Queensland Transport,                                                  By Shannon Kincade and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the 65 deaths that occurred on
 Driver fatalities               128        157     151       135        141       146       157       155       171    fact that over the past five years,        by the Parliamentary Travelsafe         CARRS-Q, Morgan and Wacker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Queensland roads. This represents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lisa Folkman,
                                                                                                                        Queensland has experienced the                                                     Motorcycle Training School, and                                                State Traffic Support Branch
                                                                                                                                                                   Committee in Report 47—Report                                                   40 percent of the total road toll
 Passenger fatalities             87        82       78        92        70        74         66        67        64                                                                                       the Queensland Police Service,
                                                                                                                        highest rate of population growth in       on the inquiry into Q-RIDE.                                                     so far this year, despite the fact
                                                                                                                        the country.                                                                       Brisbane West District,” Sergeant
 Motorbike fatalities **          41        33       29        53        42        48         64        58        73                                                                                                                               that as at January 2008, heavy
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Waters said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   vehicles accounted for just over
 Pedal bike fatalities **          9         6       15         5         7         9         5          9        11    This has led to a corresponding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   two percent of registered vehicles
                                                                                                                        increase in vehicle registrations and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   on Queensland roads.
 Pedestrian fatalities            49        39       51        37        50        34         38        46        42    kilometres travelled compared with
                                                                                                                        other states, which in turn translates
                                                                                                                                                                         Statistics for 2007 show that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Of the 53 fatal crashes that have
                                  56        74       50        49        55        37         48        54        65
 Fatalities involving
 heavy freight vehicles
                                                                                                                        to more road crashes.                             speed is the most frequent                                               occurred in 2008, heavy vehicles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   were involved in 20. This is a
** Figures include rider and pillion fatalities
                                                                                                                        Besides higher figures overall, the
                                                                                                                        table (left) also highlights significant
                                                                                                                                                                         contributing circumstance to                                              significant increase from 2007,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   when heavy vehicles were involved
Source: Queensland Transport Data Analysis Unit                                                                         increases in deaths involving two
                                                                                                                        particular groups of road users—
                                                                                                                                                                          motorcycle rider and pillion                                             in only five of the 65 fatal crashes
Queensland’s 2007 road toll stands at 360 fatalities, which was 25 more than recorded in 2006. The table above                                                                                                                                     that occurred in this time period.
provides a breakdown of fatalities in Queensland by road user type for the period 1999 to 2007.
                                                                                                                        motorcyclists and heavy freight
                                                                                                                        vehicles.
                                                                                                                                                                                   fatalities …

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My name… my car… but I wasn’t
driving!     U E
Have you ever received an
infringement notice from the
                                                         R D
                                       So, what are the options?                  of the Peace. Then forward
                                                                                  the infringement to the Traffic
                                                                                                                        are returned, Queensland
                                                                                                                        Transport records will reflect


                                             E
                                       1. Pay the fine to the
Traffic Camera Office?                    administering authority, that is,       Camera Office for processing.         you as the registered owner of



                                           V
                                          Queensland Transport, via one           A new infringement notice will        the vehicle.
It can come as an unpleasant                                                      be forwarded to your son.


                                       O
                                          of the methods outlined.                                                      If you are selling the vehicle
surprise, but even more so if you
                                       2. Elect to have the matter heard      Q. My ex-partner, Jill, and myself,       registered, it is the purchaser’s
were not driving your vehicle at
                                          by a court by ticking the              Will, registered our cars in           responsibility to transfer
the time.
                                          respective box and forwarding          both of our names—Will and             registration over from the
Senior Sergeant Trevor Bennett            to the address shown. Do not           Jill Jones. I keep getting her         previous owner’s name within
from the Queensland Police                pay the fine.                          infringement notices. I’m              two weeks of the sale. If you
Service’s Traffic Camera Office                                                  worried about losing so many           choose to sell your vehicle
                                       3. Transfer liability to the person
said it was timely to remind                                                     demerit points. I depend on            privately and you hold any
                                          in charge or the driver of the
registered vehicle owners of their                                               my licence for work. How               doubts about the transfer
                                          vehicle by completing the
obligations and options if they                                                  could this situation have been         status, contact Queensland
                                          Statutory Declaration and
receive an infringement notice.                                                  prevented?                             Transport to ensure you
                                          having it signed by a Justice
                                                                              A. If you register your vehicle           are no longer listed as the
“Unfortunately, you can’t just            of the Peace. Do not pay
                                                                                 in two or more names,                  registered owner. You will have
ignore it—fines don’t just go away,”      the fine—a new infringement
                                                                                 the person responsible for             to provide your part of the
Senior Sergeant Bennett said.             will be issued to the person
                                                                                 actioning the infringement             transfer of registration papers
                                          nominated.
                                                                                 notice within the 28-day period        for registered vehicles. If the
“By not doing anything you lose
                                       What if…?                                 is the first person named as           vehicle was sold unregistered
demerit points, so ultimately you
                                                                                                                        with the plates attached you


                                                                                                                                                            ADVERTISEMENT
may lose your licence.                 Q. The family station wagon is            the registered owner, in this
                                                                                 case Will Jones.                       will not be able to transfer
                                          registered in my name, but
“Fines can have massive                                                                                                 liability for notices. Ensure
                                          my son was driving it to go             It is Will who needs to prove
ramifications for some members                                                                                          the correct application has
                                          to lectures at the time of the          he was not driving the vehicle
of the community. It will be                                                                                            been completed and retain
                                          fine. Should I just give the            at the time of the offence. He
reflected in your traffic history,                                                                                      your copy in case you need the
                                          infringement notice to my son           should have completed the
and can impact on your insurance                                                                                        full details of the person that
                                          to sort out payment?                    Statutory Declaration on the
status and even prospects of                                                                                            purchased your vehicle.
                                       A. The infringement notice is              back of the infringement notice
employment.                                                                       with Jill’s details and asked a   Senior Sergeant Bennett said
                                          in your name so anything
                                                                                  Justice of the Peace to witness   variations to these scenarios were
“In the bigger picture, we are            that happens may affect
                                                                                  the declaration. He should also   often played out in real life—a
reminded by receivers of fines            your driver’s licence—this
                                                                                  contact Queensland Transport      staff member driving a company
on a daily basis that unpaid              will include losing demerit
                                                                                  to change the registration        car; a stolen vehicle involved in
infringement notices also heavily         points. If your son does
                                                                                  particulars of the vehicle.       an offence; or a friend driving the
impact on family relationships.”          not pay the fine within the
                                                                              Q. I sold my old car unregistered     car without your best interests at
                                          28-day period, the overdue
Senior Sergeant Bennett said                                                     with the number plates             heart. He recommends keeping a
                                          fine will transfer to the State
regardless of who was driving the                                                on it. I’ve now received an        detailed record of anyone you allow
                                          Penalties Enforcement Registry
vehicle, the person named on the                                                 infringement notice that says I    to drive your vehicle.
                                          (SPER) where an additional
infringement notice was obliged to        administration fee will be             am the registered owner. You       The message is clear—if you are
take action.                              added. Eventually, it may be           can see it’s not even me in the    the registered owner of the vehicle
                                          your licence that is suspended         photo.                             then it is your responsibility to act
“If you were not driving at the
                                          or your bank may be ordered         A. If the car is unregistered         on it. Do not let an infringement
time a camera has recorded your
                                          to transfer money from your            and the plates are still           notice slide hoping it will go away.
vehicle involved in an offence, then
                                          account to pay SPER.                   attached, you will receive any     Take control of the situation by
you are responsible for taking up
                                           The correct action to take in         infringement notices. Always       identifying who was driving your
one of the three options outlined
                                           this instance is to complete the      ensure plates are removed          vehicle, otherwise you risk losing
on the infringement notice within
                                           Statutory Declaration on the          from vehicles and return them      demerit points, your licence, and
28 days,” he said.
                                           back of the infringement notice       to Queensland Transport if         your money.
                                           with your son’s details and           you are selling your vehicle       By Lisa Kunde,
                                           have it witnessed by a Justice        unregistered. Until the plates     Media and Public Affairs Branch



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Can you spot the Q-Car?
                          Marked police vehicles are easy
                          to detect and their presence
                          acts as a deterrent to road users
                          who may be tempted to break
                          the law.

                          But what if a police vehicle
                          looked like any other car. Would
                          your behaviour as a driver
                          change?

                          A recent three-month trial in the
                          use of Q-Cars indicates this is
                          the case for some drivers.

                          The term ‘Q-Cars’ originates
                          from the term ‘Q-Planes’ which
                          were used by the British during
                          World War II. The planes were
                          unmarked and flew behind
                          enemy lines to photograph
                          and gather evidence of troop
                          movements and strategic
                          installations.

                          Q-Cars were first used by
                          Queensland Police Service
                          plain-clothed traffic officers in    But what if a                      “Within the first two months of
                                                                                                  the trial—a 66-day period—Q-Cars
                                                                                                                                     seven unaccompanied learner
                                                                                                                                     drivers.
                          the 1980s but their use ceased
                          in 1991.                            police vehicle                      detected 1,255 offences.
                                                                                                                                     “The final results of the Q-Cars
                          In December 2007 Judy Spence,         looked like                       “The most prevalent were 562
                                                                                                  speeding offences, 173 mobile
                                                                                                                                     trial are still being collated and
                                                                                                                                     analysed but it appears it has
                          Minister for Police, Corrective
                          Services and Sport, requested       any other car.                      phone offences, 67 seatbelt
                                                                                                  offences, 36 unlicenced or
                                                                                                                                     been a successful operation.”
                          a three-month trial in the use of                                                                          By Inspector Chris Thomas,
                          Q-Cars to target drivers in the       Would your                        disqualified, 25 undue noise and
                                                                                                  smoke, 21 drink drivers, and
                                                                                                                                     State Traffic Support Branch
                          south-east corner of the state
                          who put the lives of other road     behaviour as a
                          users at risk.                                                             examples of high-risk behaviours detected by Q-Cars
                                                              driver change?                         during the trial were:
                          The two Q-Cars in the trial were                                           • a 19-year-old p-plate driver detected with an alleged
                          equipped with covert emergency                                               alcohol reading of 0.076 percent travelling at 81
                          lights and sirens and driven        “Offenders were apprehended
                                                              for overtaking Q-Cars at high            km/h in a 60 km/h zone while contravening late night
                          by uniformed police officers                                                 driving restrictions
                          attached to the State Traffic       speed; speeding prior to
                          Taskforce.                          approaching a speed camera             • a 23-year-old driver with an alleged alcohol reading of
                                                              then slowing to the speed limit          0.099 percent travelling at 167 km/h in a 110 km/h
                          Inspector Chris Thomas of the       at the camera site and speeding          zone
                          State Traffic Support Branch said   up again; and slowing when
                                                                                                     • a 30-year-old motorcycle rider crossing double lines
                          the aim of the Q-Car trial was      seeing a marked police vehicle
                                                                                                       twice and allegedly travelling at 149 km/h in a 100
                          to target serial and dangerous      on the side of the road and then
                                                                                                       km/h zone, then at 110 km/h in a 60 km/h zone
                          high-speed offenders, anti-         speeding up again upon seeing
                          social drivers, and motorcyclists   the officers dealing with another      • a 20-year-old motorcycle rider crossing double lines
                          engaged in risk-taking behaviour.   matter,” Inspector Thomas said.          twice and allegedly travelling at 149 km/h in a 70
                                                                                                       km/h zone.




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Trouble on the high seas
                                                                                                                                                                                             environments, with Gold             “Unlike a motor vehicle there          are the only method of travel and           able to get attention quickly,”
                                                                                                                                                                                               Coast Water Police                are no brakes on jet skis, and in      a way of life for island residents,         Sergeant Ibell said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 issuing between 40–47           a close-quarters situation some        which can be risky.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   percent of all marine         inexperienced masters will back                                                    “In remote areas all forms of
                                                                                                                                                                                                    infringement notices in      off the throttle to slow the jet ski   Both Thursday Island and Cairns             communication are limited or
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Queensland.                 down,” Acting Senior Sergeant          Water Police have an officer on-            non-existent, rescue resources are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kelly said.                            call 24 hours a day to coordinate           limited and a rescue asset might
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Acting Senior Sergeant                                              search and rescue operations,               be hours away. It is in this time the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kelly said the majority      “However, panic then sets in when      which can extend over four or five          weather can deteriorate rapidly,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   of calls received             they suddenly realise they have no     days.                                       the vessel may start sinking and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  were for search and            steering, as jet skis are not fitted                                               we lose communications with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 rescue, followed by             with rudders and they require the      In the Far Northern Region, search          distressed vessel.”
                                                                                                                                                                                               crime incidents and               jet of water to manoeuvre.             and rescue operations areas are
                                                                                                                                                                                            marine enforcement. Water                                                   divided up between Cairns and               Sergeant Ibell said a large
                                                                                                                                                                                         Police officers also respond to         “Nearly all marine incidents           Thursday Island.                            percentage of boaties in far north
                                                                                                                                                                                      between two to three incidents             involving jet skis occur when the                                                  Queensland thought a rescue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 skipper loses steering and can         Cairns Water Police are                     response was only minutes away
                                                                                                                                                                                      every weekend.                                                                    responsible for about 450 nautical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 not take evasive action to avoid a                                                 when in fact it could be hours or
                                                                                                                                                                                      “The crashes can range from                collision.”                            miles of coastline between Lucinda          longer.
                                                                                                                                                                                      minor incidents of two boats                                                      and Cape Grenville north of
                                                                                                                                                                                      drifting together, to serious injury       Each year Gold Coast Water Police      Lockhart River.                             “They don’t prepare themselves
                                                                                                                                                                                      or fatal marine incidents,” Acting         issue more than 100 marine                                                         for the unexpected and have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 infringement notices to jet ski        Thursday Island Water Police have           no emergency plan in place,”
                                                                                                                                                                                      Senior Sergeant Kelly said.                                                       responsibility from Cape Grenville
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 skippers for unlicensed driving.                                                   Sergeant Ibell said.
                                                                                                                                                                                      “Unlike on the road, it is up to                                                  through the Torres Straits and
                                                                                                                                                                                      the owner and master of the                                                                                       In the Torres Strait, where travel on the water is a way
                                                                                                                                                                                      vessel to report and lodge a                                                                                          of life for these crayfishermen, it is the powerful 90
                                                                                                                                                                                      marine incident report with                                                                                     horsepower tiller-steered dinghies which rule the waters.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Maritime Safety Queensland.
                                                                                                                                                                                      If there is a serious injury
                                                                                                                                                                                      or the possibility of alcohol
                                                                                                                                                                                      being a factor then water
                                                                                                                                                                                      police attend.”

                                                                                                                                                                                      One of the biggest problems
                                                                                                                                                                                      Gold Coast Water Police
                                                                                                                                                                                      officers face is marine
                                                                                                                                                                                      incidents involving jet skis.
                                                                             Above: This aluminium ‘Geraldton class’ patrol vessel is used in search and rescues in Far Northern
A Gold Coast man recently             “People would automatically have       region. In the background is Mer Island, 108 nautical miles off the northernmost tip of Australia.
watched his 30-foot trimaran sink     a road-worthy before they bought
25 nautical miles north-east of the   a car, why not when they buy a
Gold Coast seaway.                    boat?”

The man activated his Emergency       Although most people view boating
Position Indicating Radio Beacon      as a recreational pursuit, travel on
(EPIRB) and Gold Coast Water          the water requires the same, if not
Police officers quickly rescued him   more, care and attention as travel
from what was to be his future        on land.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Other issues include speeding, free    down the west coast of Cape York            Despite the differences in
home before it sank.
                                      Aspects of the marine environment                                                                                                                                                          styling (doing tricks) in the wrong    to north of Karumba.                        marine practices in the various
Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Kelly,    that make boating especially                                                                                                                                                               area, and travelling more than                                                     regions, traffic enforcement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 six knots when close to people,        Sergeant Andrew Ibell, Search               extends throughout Queensland’s
Officer-in-Charge of Gold Coast       hazardous include the fact that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 moored vessels, and jetties or         and Rescue Coordinator for Cairns           expansive waterways, with more
Water Police, said the man had        passengers do not wear seatbelts,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 pontoons.                              Water Police, said the cause of             than 14,000 boaties breath-tested
only bought the boat the night        boats are often made of lighter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        most incidents on the water which           and more than 23,500 vessels
before and was taking it up to        materials than cars, and bringing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jet skis may be the recreational       required a search and rescue                intercepted by Water Police in
Hervey Bay to live on.                the vehicle to a stop is more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 vehicle of the Gold Coast but a        response was poor planning and              Queensland each year.
                                      difficult. Crashes on the water also
“The boat was worth $43,000 but                                                                                                                                                                                                  world away in the Torres Strait,       lack of preparation of vessels prior
                                      bring the added risk of drowning to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           By Michelle Fleming, Media and Public
the skipper didn’t have it checked                                                                                                                                                                                               it is the powerful 90 horsepower       to departing on a journey.
                                      those who survive the impact.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Affairs Branch and Lisa Taylor, South
before he bought it,” Acting Senior                                                                                                                                                                                              tiller-steered dinghies which rule
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the waters.                            “For example, when a vessel runs            Eastern Region Media Liaison Officer
Sergeant Kelly said.                  The Gold Coast is one of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        out of fuel in a busy waterway such
                                      state’s most popular marine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Unlike the recreational boating        as Moreton Bay or the Gold Coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 haven of the Gold Coast, boats         broadwater, the crew is usually
                                                                                                                                                                                   Senior Constable Kent Brown and Sergeant
                                                                                                                                                                                   Michael Banyari of Gold Coast Water Police
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Smile, you’re on speed camera!
Drivers who slow down as soon as        in the Vito the speed camera is        Senior Sergeant Trevor Bennett,                 “New Panasonic Tough Book
they spot a police speed camera         mounted in the rear of the van.        State Traffic Support Branch,                  laptops are more robust and
unit will no longer have the chance                                            operates a speed camera                        incorporate updated technology.
to avoid a ticket if they were          Inspector McCoomb said by              vehicle and provides training                  The officer’s work area is better
speeding.                               mounting the camera in the rear of     to staff employed in the Traffic               suited to the tasks they undertake
                                        the van the operator had the ability   Camera Office. He said while the               and the van itself is practical and
The latest addition to the              to aim the radar beam to the left      directional ability of the radar and           economical in suburbia.”
Queensland Police mobile speed          or right.                              the new flash filters improved the
camera vehicle fleet, the Mercedes                                                                                            By Flo Turnbull,
                                        “In most speed camera units,           van’s effectiveness, these were not
Vito Van, will have recorded the                                                                                              Media and Public Affairs Branch
                                        cameras are mounted in the             the only benefits the Vito offered.
driver’s speed long before the foot
hits the brake.                         front and only capture images of
                                        speeding vehicles when the driver
Mobile speed camera vans have           has passed by,” he said.
been redesigned to maximise the
number of vehicles that can be          “Drivers see the speed camera                                               Beam
detected flouting speed limits.         vehicle, immediately slow down
                                        and pass the radar beam at a
Queensland Police Service               speed that is not a true reflection
members were involved in                of what the motorist was doing.”
developing the new design by                                                    Subsequent vehicles                     Photograph taken as      20°
                                        The camera captures the images          not in beam area                        target (T) enters beam
using their skills to identify
                                        of the cars as they enter the                                                                                       Speed camera
limitations in existing models, and
to construct, test, and trial the new   radar beam, which reduces the
vehicles.                               opportunity for drivers to slow         In the new Vitos the radar is positioned in the rear of the van, allowing the operator to
                                                                                capture an image of a speeding vehicle as it approaches. Previously, speed cameras were
                                        down simply because they see a
                                                                                positioned in the front, giving drivers time to slow down before they entered the radar
Extensive trials were carried out in    speed camera unit.                      beam.
the Southern and Central Regions
and the Sunshine Coast District.        The Gatso camera is a slant
As a result the Vito van is set to      radar device which projects a                                                                                                       Above: Senior Sergeant Trevor Bennett trains new Traffic Camera Office staff members
replace many of the police four-        radar beam across the road at                                                                                                       Raeneel Sharma and Katrina McLeod to help them interpret images captured on film.

wheel drive (4WD) speed units           an angle of 20 degrees to the
                                                                                                                                                                            Left: Each Vito van is equipped with a digital camera and (from left to right) Panasonic
commonly seen on highways.              road verge. The radar has the                                                                                                       Tough Book Laptop computer, radar control unit, and on the far right, a scene viewer
                                        ability to measure vehicles either                                                                                                  (bottom) and camera control unit (top).
Inspector John McCoomb, State           approaching or pulling away from
                                                                                                                                                                            Below: The new Vito vans will eventually replace the older style 4WD mobile speed
Traffic Support Branch, said the        the van.                                                                                                                            camera units commonly seen on highways.
Vito trials were successful and
their inclusion in the speed camera     New flash filters have also been
vehicle fleet would help police         fitted to the cameras, increasing
combat motorists disregarding           the range of vehicles able to be
road laws.                              captured on film.

“The rate of speed detections           “In the past police have been
increased in the trial regions—as       limited in which vehicles they could
much as 150 percent at some             target because the flash was so
sites—due to officers having better     intense,” Inspector McCoomb said.
control of the position of the radar    “We couldn’t detect oncoming
beam,” Inspector McCoomb said.          vehicles, especially at night,
“Such an increase is alarming and       because the flash would dazzle the
while the vans are ‘successful’ in      driver.
apprehending speeding motorists,        “New camera flash filters in the
it’s disturbing that so many have       Vitos reduce the intensity of the
no regard for road rules and why        flash and enable police to capture
they exist.”                            images of speeding motorists
In the older 4WD speed camera           regardless of their lane position.”
units, the camera was mounted
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                                                                                              Surveying is an integral component of crash scene analysis with forensic
                                                                                              officers using survey data to interpret crash scenes, uncover evidence, and
                                                                                              determine the sequence of events at an incident.

                                                                                              Acting Senior Sergeant Graeme Symonds of the FCU said the scanner was
                                                                                              still in testing mode but results so far suggested its accuracy and speed
                                                                                              would greatly benefit the work of the unit.

                                                                                              “Traditional surveying methods are often time-consuming and rely on
                                                                                              people to pick survey points to produce an image identical to the scene at
                                                                                              the time,” Acting Senior Sergeant Symonds said.

                                                                                              “Officers had to use a variety of tools to plot specific points over a
                                                                                              designated piece of terrain, but the scanner has automated this surveying
                                                                                              technique.
                                                                                                                                                                            “Images from complex scenes may contain up to three million data points.
                                                                                              “For QPS, the scanner has the potential to revolutionise traditional
                                                                                              surveying methods, enabling crash scene analysis to be more accurate and      “Plotting 1,000 data points would generally require a full day’s work for a
                                                                                              quicker than ever before.                                                     single forensics officer.”
                                                                                              “Our aim is to use the scanner’s output in court proceedings so jury and      The Forensic Crash Unit recently trialled the scanner at the Petrie Station
                                                                                              judiciary members can easily visualise the scene of an incident.”             train crash site in which several carriages carrying goods and produce
                                                                                                                                                                            overturned.
                                                                                              Acting Senior Sergeant Symonds said the time it took the scanner
                                                                                              to capture images compared to performing the task manually was                “The Petrie train crash was an extensive crash scene, and there was a high
                                                                                              astonishing.                                                                  volume of wreckage and debris covering more than 500 metres.
                                                                                              “The scanner can capture 10,000 data points per second, obtaining             “It would normally take one of our forensic officers at least a day to survey
                                                                                              accurate three-dimensional images in around 10 minutes.                       but the scanner surveyed it within two hours and even picked up the dust
                                                                                                                                                                            clouds rising from the wreckage.”
                                                                                              “To put this in perspective, the number of data points an image requires
                                                                                              for it be useful in forensics varies greatly depending on the complexity of   By Flo Turnbull,
                                                                                              the scene.                                                                    Media and Public Affairs Branch




                       The Queensland Police Forensic Crash Unit (FCU) investigates
                       serious traffic crashes as well as aircraft, railway, and industrial
                                                                                              Giving young people a choice
                       crashes involving serious injury or fatalities.                        Youth Driver Awareness Programs may soon become part of the curriculum        “Each student has the opportunity to travel in a vehicle driven by a
                       The word Forensic in the title reflects the unit’s application of      in schools desperate to help curb the senseless loss of young lives on the    qualified driving instructor.
                       science and technology to investigate and establish facts that can     road.
                                                                                                                                                                            “This allows them to experience different driving speeds, reaction times,
                       be used as evidence in court.                                          Your Choice is a powerful police presentation that forms part of a pilot      and vehicle traction so they gain an appreciation of the length of time it
                       Far from simply relying on the recollections of victims or             program organised by local Rotary clubs to educate Year 11 students on        takes to stop a vehicle.
                       witnesses, modern crash investigation relies on the use of             road safety.
                                                                                                                                                                            “It’s meant to be a learning experience and is often an eye-opener for
                       computer-aided drawing (CAD) programs, photogrammetry, laser           The one-day program commenced in February at Alexandra Hills State            students who are generally unaware of the power and force a motor vehicle
                       scanning and total station surveying instruments to analyse and
                                                                                              High School, and Cleveland and Wellington Point State High Schools are        contains.”
                       reconstruct collisions.
                                                                                              expected to embrace the program later in the year.
                       Embracing the latest technology, the FCU recently acquired a                                                                                         Senior Sergeant Harm said the program targeted young people before they



        Gaining a
                                                                                              The program is conducted at the Mount Cotton Driver Training Centre and       had obtained their driving licence so they would become safer drivers on
                       new surveying tool that promised to leave traditional surveying
                                                                                              combines practical demonstrations and theory with the aim of reducing car     the road.
                       methods buried in the dust.
                                                                                              crashes among young people.



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                       The QPS purchased a Long-Range 3D Terrestrial Laser Scanning                                                                                         The police presentation includes compelling video footage of a young
                                                                                              Senior Sergeant Janelle Harm, Officer in Charge of Cleveland Police
                       System for the Brisbane metropolitan area last year, and will                                                                                        person whose life is cut short after a crash involving alcohol and speed.
                                                                                              Station, said the program covered a range of topics relating to road safety
                       acquire another two scanners for the Southern and North Coast
                                                                                              and motor vehicle ownership.                                                  “We invite open discussion with the students and look at the decisions
                       regions in coming months.
                                                                                                                                                                            the young people in the video make and the tragic consequences of those
                                                                                              “Students are given information on topics such as car finance and
                       The scanners are traditionally used in archaeological studies,                                                                                       choices,” Senior Sergeant Harm said.
                                                                                              insurance options, hazard perception, safe driving after celebrating, and
                       mining fields, and by road surveyors, but are becoming more
                                                                                              fatigue,” Senior Sergeant Harm said.                                          By Flo Turnbull,
                       common in police services around the country to survey vehicle
                                                                                                                                                                            Media and Public Affairs Branch
                       crash scenes and, in some cases, crime scenes.                         “They also get to listen to personal stories from road crash survivors, and
                                                                                              this really helps drive the message home.


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Busting the myth about driving in
state forests
State forests are often seen as a        “Although there is no signage in
recreational playground for four-        the area, the speed limits and
wheel-drive weekend warriors and         road laws are the same as the
trail bike enthusiasts.                  open road.”

Dirt-bike riders and off-road            In Beerburrum State Forest,
adventurers enjoy exploring the          an hour north of Brisbane,
web of undulating tracks found           logging trucks carry heavy loads
within a mosaic of natural               throughout 270 square kilometres
landscape.                               of pine plantation on roads
                                         specifically built for the logging
What these drivers and riders may        industry.
not know is roads and tracks within
state forests have a speed limit         Within this plantation area, a vast
and normal road rules apply.             network of tracks used for fire

                                                                               Senior Sergeant Otte said Beerwah      “At the moment we are focusing
                                                                               police ran regular patrol operations   on educating drivers but a time will
                                                                               in Beerwah forestry areas targeting    come when cautioning will cease
                                                                               unregistered and unlicensed            and enforcement action will be
                                                                               drivers.                               taken.

                                                                               “During a recent operation, 28         “This action could eventually result



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                                                                               drivers and riders were stopped,       in the confiscation of vehicles and
                                                                               and cautions were issued for a         court appearance for offenders.”
                                                                               variety of offences,” he said.
                                                                                                                      By Karen Downey,
                                                                                                                      Media and Public Affairs Branch


                                                                                  Tips for driving on forest roads:
                                                                                  • all normal road rules apply on forest tracks and roads
                                                                                  • all drivers and riders are to be licensed
                                                                                  • speed limits are not advertised—be aware the open speed
                                                                                    limit applies except where otherwise signed
Senior Sergeant Ken Otte,                fighting and access purposes are         • watch out for the unexpected—slow down to allow time to
Officer in Charge of Beerwah             also used by recreational drivers          react to changed road conditions
Division, said it was a common           and trail bike riders, sometimes at      • be aware of logging operations—heavy machinery such as
misconception that state forest          great risk.                                log trucks and commercial forestry machinery may be in
tracks were not public roads and                                                    use within forestry areas at certain times
that rules did not apply.                The Beerburrum forestry areas
                                                                                  • avoid driving on unsealed roads during and after heavy rain
                                         are run by Forestry Plantation
“There have been six crashes and         Queensland (FPQ), a Queensland           • restricted access roads are indicated by signs and road
two fatalities in state forests in the   Government-owned corporation.              users must comply
Beerwah Division on the Sunshine                                                  • make sure all passengers wear seatbelts at all times and
Coast during the past year,” Senior      FPQ has met with police about              stay inside the vehicle
Sergeant Otte said.                      the damage to roads, tracks,
                                                                                  • bike riders should always wear protective gear
                                         and off-road plantations caused
“I believe the primary reason for        by recreational vehicles and as          • keep left, especially at sharp bends and crests
this is drivers and riders are not       a result are formulating a joint         • watch out for washouts, scoured road shoulders and loose
obeying the road rules. Some are         initiative to educate the public in        surfaces
not even licensed.                       safe driving and riding techniques.      • be aware of wet weather—some roads become impassable
                                                                                    even to four-wheel-drive vehicles




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Just a perfect day…




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Last Saturday night my wife and       Local residents were outside their   Management Exchange), which              In some instances officers can
I went out for dinner. It was a       houses shaking their heads and       replaces previous methods of             decide if remedial action can
stunning evening, a clear sky,        as we walked back to our car         recording complaints.                    be taken such as education and
and a full moon. We watched the       someone said, “This happens all                                               awareness programs.
sunset over the bay and enjoyed a     the time.”                           Traffic complaints fall into various
meal fit for a king.                                                       categories including dangerous           If you make a complaint on a
                                      They can’t get away with that.       driving, hooning, illegal trail bike     traffic matter to your local police
After dinner, and too much to eat,    What do i do? Where do i go?         riding, speeding through a school        station you will be advised by
a walk by the water’s edge was        Who can these residents talk to?     crossing or road works, disqualified     police of any action that has been
called for. What a fitting end to a                                        or unlicenced driving, drink-driving     taken by the officers and what the
perfect evening. And then…            If you have a traffic-related        and noise complaints.                    outcome has been.
                                      complaint you should attend your
A group of hoons with hotted-up       local police station and make a      The police officer will enter your       Obtaining the registration number
cars appeared out of nowhere          complaint to an officer.             complaint into the QPRIME                of any vehicle involved in that
making an awful noise, with                                                system where officers will assess        type of behaviour is of valuable
smoke pouring off their tyres and     The Queensland Police Service        whether the complaint requires           assistance to police.
stereos blaring. I’m sure they were   has a traffic complaints recording   investigation on the basis of the
                                      component in its new integrated                                               By Matthew Rigby,
drinking, and then they took off,                                          seriousness of the offence, and the
                                      records management system                                                     Media and Public Affairs Branch
tearing flat-out up the street, and                                        availability of evidence of sufficient
it’s a 40 zone!                       QPRIME (Queensland Police            quality to commence prosecution.
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Lessons for
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Towing a caravan can be hazardous, especially on long driving trips. The Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Safety Western Queensland Style project aims to prevent caravan rollovers like
                                                                                                                                                                                                 these (far left and left) by educating retirees or ‘grey nomads’.




young and old                                                                                                                                                                                  Participants’ learning is enhanced          Senior Constable Derek Nichols,
                                                                                                                                                                                               by their active involvement in              a school-based police officer
You are driving through western       and covers subjects like handling                                                                                                                        discussion and role-play, and a             from Gladstone, an award in the
Queensland, not another car in        road conditions, road trains,                                                                                                                            variety of teaching aids are used           Government Category.
sight, then suddenly, over a crest    wildlife, communications, vehicle                                                                                                                        including animation, computer-
on the long narrow road, a triple     maintenance, health, and ‘reading                                                                                                                        based work, and short films.                SBYDA is a nine-week education
road train appears in front of you.   the road’.                                                                                                                                                                                           course, designed to be delivered
What do you do?                                                                                                                                                                                Sergeant Duncan, aided                      from within local communities,
                                      The program aims to reduce                                                                                                                               by Queensland Transport,                    that addresses the needs of young
Thanks to Sergeant Steve              the number of rollover crashes                                                                                                                           Queensland Ambulance Service,               people as they embark on the first
Schaeffer-Steel, retirees—dubbed      involving caravans and camper                                                                                                                            Queensland Fire and Rescue                  phase of their driving careers as
the ‘grey nomads’—                                                                                                                                                                             Service, and local actors, created          learners and novice drivers.
travelling through remote                                                                                                                                                                      a series of three-minute films
areas can gain the                                                                                                                                                                             promoting the mantra ‘You Drive             Specialists from government and
knowledge to deal with                                                                                                                                                                         As You Live’.                               non-government agencies come
unexpected situations                                                                                                                                                                                                                      together to provide up-to-date
that may arise on western                                                                                                                                                                      “The link between lifestyle                 advice on a range of road safety
Queensland roads.                                                                                                                                                                              and driving has been strongly               topics.
                                                                                                                                                                                               researched and is an important
The Road Safety Western                                                                                                                                                                        topic in keeping our youth safe on          “Students begin with sessions
Queensland Style project,                                                                                                                                                                      the road,” Sergeant Duncan said.            run by Queensland Transport that
designed and delivered                                                                                                                                                                                                                     focus on topics like the process of
by Sergeant Schaeffer-                                                                                                                                                                         The program has expanded from               getting your licence, how to prove
Steel, is aimed at road                                                                                                                                                                        Jimboomba to areas of the Gold              your identity when applying for
safety for ‘grey nomads’                                                                                                                                                                       Coast and has been taken on                 your licence, and Queensland road
                                                                                                                                                                                               by the local community in the               rules,” Senior Constable Nichols
                                                                                                                     trailers in the south-west region   Now in its eighth year, the awards    Lockyer Valley.                             said.
                                                                          BRAKE and SBYDA are both award-
                                                                                                                     of Queensland, and negotiations     are an important means of
                                                                          winning programs aimed at educating                                                                                  “It starts in the schools but parents       “The program then addresses the
                                                                          young people as they embark on the first   are currently underway with the     recognising and honouring the
                                                                                                                                                                                               or carers are equally involved              topic of drink driving, educating
                                                                          phase of their driving careers. Sergeant   University of Southern Queensland   outstanding efforts of individuals
                                                                          Robert Duncan of Jimboomba (below)                                                                                   in reinforcing the safe driving             students on standard drink sizes
                                                                                                                     and Queensland University of        and groups who, through
                                                                          helped create the BRAKE program,                                                                                     message,” he said.                          and blood alcohol levels, as
                                                                                                                     Technology (QUT) about plans        innovative programs and sheer
                                                                          which uses a multimedia approach,                                                                                                                                this remains one of the highest
                                                                          including this mock-up of a crash          to produce a DVD on driving on      hard work, have developed ways        “The important thing is that by             contributing factors to road
                                                                          (left) from one of the short film aids     remote and western roads.           to improve safety on Queensland       participating in the course, families
                                                                          used to generate discussion amongst                                                                                                                              crashes in Central Queensland,”
                                                                                                                                                         roads.                                and young drivers are putting road
                                                                          participants.                              In 2007 Sergeant Schaeffer-Steel                                                                                      he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                               safety back on the table for frank
                                                                                                                     received a Queensland Road Safety   The 2007 awards saw another
                                                                                                                                                                                               discussion.”                                Other topics covered include the
                                                                                                                     Award in the State Government       two Queensland Police officers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           legal and social consequences
                                                                                                                     Category for this program.          receive recognition for road safety   To date, almost 700 young drivers           of poor driving, road rage, and
                                                                                                                                                         programs aimed at young drivers.      have participated in the BRAKE
                                                                                                                     Held at Parliament House, the                                                                                         personal responsibility for both
                                                                                                                                                                                               program along with a smaller                passengers and drivers.
                                                                                                                     Queensland Road Safety Awards       Sergeant Rob Duncan of
                                                                                                                                                                                               number of their parents and
                                                                                                                     aim to recognise the work of        Jimboomba received an award in
                                                                                                                                                                                               carers, and it is expected more             It is estimated 2,000 students
                                                                                                                     individuals and groups who have     the Schools Category on behalf
                                                                                                                                                                                               than 1,500 will go through the              aged 16 and 17 have been
                                                                                                                     designed programs dedicated         of the Behaviour, Risk, Attitude,
                                                                                                                                                                                               program in 2008.                            through the program, or an
                                                                                                                     to improving road safety, and       Knowledge, Education program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           adapted version of the program, in
                                                                                                                     encourage greater commitment to     (BRAKE), which targets novice         “This program has been                      Central Queensland.
                                                                                                                     this cause.                         driver safety.                        successful because it has allowed
                                                                                                                                                                                               operational police the time to build        By Susan Grantham,
                                                                                                                     The awards are an initiative        BRAKE is a community-based                                                        Media and Public Affairs Branch
                                                                                                                                                                                               relationships with the community,”
                                                                                                                     of QUT’s Centre for Accident        program that focuses on
                                                                                                                                                                                               Sergeant Duncan said.
                                                                                                                     Research and Road Safety,           enhancing young driver behaviour
                                                                                                                     Queensland (CARRS-Q) and the        and decision-making skills through    Also targeting young drivers is the
                                                                                                                     RACQ, and are supported by          an interactive multimedia platform.   School Based Youth Drive Alive
                                                                                                                     Queensland Transport and the                                              (SBYDA) program, which won
                                                                                                                     Queensland Police Service.


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Celebrating 50 years of performance
The Queensland Police Pipes &
Drums will drum up a storm at a
gala concert to celebrate half a
                                    performances, as well as a feast
                                    of traditional music from the Pipes
                                    & Drums.
                                                                          “The band has been performing
                                                                          for community groups and
                                                                          Queensland Police Service
                                                                                                               The band was honoured to perform
                                                                                                               at the prestigious Edinburgh
                                                                                                               Military Tattoo in Scotland in 2006,
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century of entertaining local and                                         members at a variety of official     and rounded out their trip to the
international audiences.            Money raised from ticket sales will   engagements and community            UK by performing for the Queen at
                                    go to the Royal Children’s Hospital   events for years,” Senior Sergeant   Balmoral Castle.
Two concerts will be presented—     Foundation, Mater Children’s          Flexman said.
the matinee at 2pm and the          Hospital, Police Legacy, and the                                           The Pipes & Drums perform at
evening show at 7.30pm—on June      Police Pipes & Drums Supporters       “We’ve had many loyal and faithful   official engagements, community
27 at Brisbane City Hall.           Association.                          supporters from all walks of life.   events, and festivals across
                                                                                                               Queensland, as well as regular
Tickets will cost $25, or $20 for   Pipes & Drums Officer in Charge       “The band provides a unique          shows at nursing homes and
children and concessions, and the   Senior Sergeant Peter Flexman         opportunity for the Queensland       hospitals as part of their aged care
concert will include performances   said a fundraising concert was an     Police Service to interact closely   program, and at schools for the
by the Australian Army Band         ideal way to celebrate the band’s     with people from a variety of        Kops in Kilts program.
Brisbane and other guest            50th anniversary.                     backgrounds.
                                                                                                               Band members also pass on their
                                                                          “It made sense to celebrate          skills and enthusiasm to the next
                                                                          our 50th anniversary by giving       generation of musicians by training
                                                                          something back to the Service and    and mentoring the Queensland
                                                                          the community.”                      Police Juvenile Pipes & Drums,
                                                                          The Queensland Police Pipes &        who have won acclaim in their own
                                                                          Drums is renowned as one of          right.
                                                                          Australia’s finest pipe bands and    For more information and
                                                                          has won numerous state, national,    to purchase tickets, phone
                                                                          and international awards.            3253 3800.

                                                                                                               By Flo Turnbull,
                                                                                                               Media and Public Affairs Branch



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