There is a simple but important message emergency services want to get through to the community during National Road Safety Week. That motorists drive so others survive.
Speaking to Moreton News, Senior Sergeant and Officer in Charge of Deception Bay Highway Patrol, Brett Stevenson explained that it is not just the driver that is impacted as a result of a serious accident.
“And just know that if you get killed or seriously injured, it’s not about you,” Sen-Sgt Stevenson says in the video.
“It’s also about your family and your friends who are going to be devastated if they lose you.
“So, yeah, we just want you to have a really good solid think about what you’re doing when you’re getting behind (the wheel of) the car.”
Further, Sen-Sgt Stevenson recounted what he considers to be one of the most horrific road-traffic-crashes he has attended in his more than 30-year-career.
“Back when I used to work out west, I used to coordinate forensic crash for that district,” Sen-Sgt Stevenson explained.
“One particular one comes to mind was a 19-year-old girl, who had been using her phone pretty much from home till the time where she ran head on into a truck coming the other way and killed herself.
“That’s the ultimate outcome is that you might die or you might kill someone else from using that phone.”
National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partnering road safety organisations and Government.