City joins police with Christmas safety drive

16 December 2015

The City of Gold Coast and Queensland Police Service have today made a plea to all road users: “drive to survive” these Christmas holidays.

Acting Mayor Donna Gates said road safety was everyone’s responsibility.

“As a community, we need to take ownership of our driving behaviour and travel safely on the city’s road network,” she said.

Cr Gates partnered with Gold Coast Police Acting Inspector Brett MacGibbon to promote the ‘fatal five’ road safety messages. They are:

*distraction

*drink and/or drug driving

*fatigue

*seatbelts

*speeding

“Excessive speed has contributed to around 33 per cent of Gold Coast road fatalities in the past five years,’’ she said.

“In recent weeks, we have installed 14 portable speed awareness signs at key locations across the city. These use an LED display board to remind motorists of their speed and are part of our broader Road Safety Plan endorsed early this year.”

Cr Gates said the signs had delivered immediate results with 19 percent of motorists now exceeding the speed limit in those areas (compared to 73 percent before the signs were installed).

“Speeding motorists at these locations reduced their speed by an average of 8.3km/h. Ideally, we want to achieve zero poor behaviour from motorists,’’ she said.

Acting Inspector MacGibbon welcomed the City initiative.

“Christmas is traditionally a busy time on our roads. We’re asking people to obey the road rules and drive to the conditions so that they arrive safely at their destination. Don’t let this festive season turn into a tragedy,” he said.

Learn more about how the City is improving road safety at: Gold Coast Road Safety Plan 2015-2020.

 

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