Roma Police are urging members of the community to drive sensibility and responsibly after the Maranoa Region has experienced a number of serious road crashes recently.
“The sad truth is road crashes are largely preventable and the Fatal Five are the five most common contributors to road trauma, so Roma Police would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the Fatal Five and what they mean for your safety.”
Here’s the Senior Constable’s summary of what we need to be considering.
• Speeding is not just driving above the speed limit – it is also driving too fast for the conditions which includes weather, light, traffic/road conditions, driver experience etc;
• The risk of a crash and the severity of injuries is strongly correlated to the speed of the vehicles involved; and
• Speed is also known to be one of the primary factors in multiple fatality crashes.
• Unrestrained drivers and passengers are at significantly greater risk of being killed or seriously injured in a road crash and although they don’t prevent a crash, they reduce the risks by up to 50 per cent;
• Back seat passengers have lower rates of wearing seat belts so always be responsible for others in vehicle with you; and
• Failure to wear seat belt is often accompanied by alcohol consumption and poor decisions.
Drink and Drug Driving:
• Alcohol slows down reaction time which is crucial in an emergent driving situation and makes multi-tasking difficult. Alcohol also reduces attention span and causes physical reactions such as blurred vision/reduced hearing which impair driving ability; and
• Drugs can slow down your reaction time, make multi-tasking difficult, reduce your attention span, lead to over-confidence in driving, aggressive and/or dangerous driving and sudden onset of fatigue (when the drug wears off).
• Fatigue (sleepiness, tiredness) is one of leading causes of traffic crashes;
• Crashes where drivers have fallen asleep are usually severe and lead to serious injury/death, as the driver has made no attempt to avoid or prevent the crash;
• Fatigue effects: impaired performance, reduced attention, slower reaction times, increased probability falling asleep;
• Warning signs: lane wandering, speed changes, heavy eyelids, poor concentration, boredom, head nodding, microsleeps; and
• Drivers travelling long distances are urged to plan their trips and take regular breaks.
• Distractions include physical distraction (for example: holding your phone), visual distraction (for example: eyes averted from roads) and, cognitive distractions (for example: lack of attention or concentration);
• Effects: risky decision making, slower reactions, speed variations, less controlled braking, reduced awareness of surroundings.