With 13 lives lost so far this year across the Moreton policing district, the most recent lost Saturday night, emergency services came together to launch Queensland Road Safety Week.
Across Queensland, 174 people had died in road traffic crashes. This is 19 More than the same time in 2020, and 49 more than the same time in 2019.
Inspector Lee Jeffries from the Moreton Police District attended the BP Northbound on the Bruce Highway to officially launch road safety week in the district, along with other emergency service personnel.
“Emergency services responders respond to fatal and injury traffic crashes on a regular basis, too regular,” Inspector Jeffries said at the launch.
“And with our emergency services responders, they have to go to the scene, deal with the trauma.
“They have to deal with the deceased.
“They have to deal with the injured, deal with the survivors.
“It takes its toll on emergency services workers and with reporting on matters, and also then the follow up is, is having to then deal with families of those that have been injured or killed and having to deliver the messages and having to live with what police have seen and what emergency services personnel have seen, and importantly, trying to convey to family the message that their loved one is no longer coming home,” Inspector Jeffries continued.
“All this takes a toll on not only the emergency services and, of course, on the families dealing with the loss of life and dealing with injury to loved ones, but also with our hospital and health care staff, in terms of treating the injured, dealing with the rehabilitation, the long-term consequences of somebody’s injury.
“Importantly as well, this is also a long-term effect on the family who have to live with the injuries and change their lives in order to support those that have been injured or deal with the death of a loved one.”
Inspector Jeffries outlined the focus of Queensland Road Safety Week.
“In terms of practical initiatives today, we’re working with our emergency services partners, particularly we will continue with particular focused enforcement during Road Safety Week, but in addition as well, we have engagement with our communities in public spaces, in places where people travel, in order to engage them and pass on the right safety message,” the Inspector explained.
“Particularly, members of our community and businesses can also assist with passing on that road safety message in either posting things on their web pages, sharing things from the Queensland Police Service road safety messaging and from Queensland Transport, and encouraging people and their own staff to do travel safely, to get home safely, and to not have that tragedy of having someone turn up and tell someone’s loved one that they’ve been killed or injured.
“My personal message to the community is drive safe because your life and everybody else’s life depends on it,” Inspector Jeffries concluded.
Queensland Road Safety Week 2021 is held from 16 to 20 August.