Transport Minister Scott Emersen (left) and Police Minister Jack Dempsey (right) at the Fatality Free Friday launch. Photo Rae Wilson / Newsdesk
Transport Minister Scott Emersen (left) and Police Minister Jack Dempsey (right) at the Fatality Free Friday launch. Photo Rae Wilson / Newsdesk Rae Wilson

Bereaved MP urges young to not use phones while driving

JUST weeks after losing his stepdaughter in a road crash, Stafford MP Chris Davis urged young people to stop socialising on their phones while driving.

Dr Davis was speaking at the Fatality Free Friday campaign launch - which is a pledge to be safe on the roads on May 30.

This year's campaign includes a "road safety through time" mini-series and a DeLorean car.

Mr Davis said road trauma resulted in enormous anguish to family, friends and colleagues.

He said, having worked as a medical practitioner for many years in major hospitals where people arrived either dead or badly injured from road crashes, he knew many could be avoided.

"It comes down just to awareness, just to consideration," he said.

"Our teenagers are well known for their social connectivity and with that comes inattention to the road.

"My advice is, if you have a mobile phone, particularly if you're a youngster, put in flight mode as you would on an aircraft or turn it off and turn it on when you arrive safely at your destination."

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said there had been 51 fatalities on Queensland roads this year but that was 24 below the same time last year.

"That's the good news but any death on our roads is one death too many," he said.

"The best form of road safety is educating people and making sure they're aware of how they're driving and the ... conditions.

"Our wish is always that on Fatality Free Friday we do have a fatality free state, it'd be great to have a fatality free country as well."

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said road safety was everybody's responsibility and he begged Queenslanders to be safe during Easter and on May 30.

"When we see these deaths on the road and the tragedy it brings to the families and loved ones involved, but also our emergency services, it breaks the hearts of many Queenslanders when they realise many of these deaths are quite avoidable," he said.


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