On Monday, August 26, we kicked off Queensland Road Safety week with our "Buckle up YOUR future" event at Isa Village.
Members of the Queensland Police Service (QPS), Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) were on hand to offer advice and information on how to choose the most suitable child restraint for your child and how to correctly use it.
Knowing which type of child restraint is appropriate and how to use it properly, can be the difference between no to minor injuries and severe or life threatening injuries to your child.
Thank you to those parents who took the opportunity to come down and have their car seat positioning checked, to ensure their little ones' safety.
Mornington Island officers visited with students of Mornington Island State School on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to educate them on a different aspect of road safety.
The younger students enjoyed the officer's safety messages, colouring competitions, quizzes and games, while the high school class attended a presentation about the process of obtaining their drivers licence.
Tuesday, August 27, saw community engagement events in both Mount Isa and Cloncurry.
Officers offered information and merchandise relating to a range of road safety topics and both information stalls also offered a little something extra...free coffee from Bambino Espresso.
QAS, QFES and State Emergency Services (SES) also assisted in serving up a delicious BBQ spread.
On Wednesday, August 28, McKinlay hosted their community BBQ at the famous Crocodile Dundee's Walkabout Creek Hotel.
Given the long stretches of road between towns on the Landsborough Highway, McKinlay, officers chose to focus on one of the Fatal Five - fatigue.
Also in attendance was Julia Creek QAS and James Nash from TOLL.
Mornington Island Police Station also held a road safety education BBQ and invited the elders of the community, who shared stories about their Lardil culture.
The Mount Isa Road Policing Unit also conducted static traffic enforcement at the Kalkadoon Highway on Wednesday.
Officers were targeting drink and drug driving, along with heavy vehicle log book compliance.
They detected the following offences:
- Two drug diving offences
- One drink driving offence
- One drive disqualified offence
- One driver fail to record information immediately after starting work
- One possess dangerous drug offence
- One traffic infringement notice for fail to display 'P' plates
Officers also conducted an impressive 340 roadside breath tests.
On Friday, August 30, Normanton Police, in conjunction with the Normanton State School, took off on a 'riding bus'.
A small group started off from the Normanton Police Station at 7.30am, biking a route all around town and collecting students along the way.
Students demonstrated a great knowledge of bike safety, all wearing their helmets and following the road rules wonderfully.
The whole school was then provided a breakfast courtesy of the Normanton Police, Tablelands Fresh Produce, Normanton Traders and the Stop Shop.
Mount Isa's 'Drink Rite' event was held at The Buffs Club.
Hosted by Road Policing Unit officers, Constable Paul Quinlan and Constable Jack Casey, participants were surprised to learn the difference between what legally constitutes a standard drink and what they personally believed constituted one.
Participants then had the opportunity to drink alcohol and be breath tested by a police officer during a two hour period.
Officers discussed results of the participants' breath alcohol concentration testing and provided information on alcohol consumption, standard drinks and drink driving.
Mount Isa Police District wish to thank all event attendees for their participation and for their interest in learning how to keep all road users safe.
See you next year for another jam packed week of road safety activities and events!
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