Speeding, drunk and using mobile phones: our driving shame
SUNSHINE Coast roads have already become a fools' playground this year for thousands of speedsters, hundreds of drink drivers and dozens of people not wearing their seatbelt.
Police are frustrated that countless drivers are putting themselves in the firing line every day, blatantly breaking the rules of the Fatal Five.
The Coast's driving shame was revealed ahead of Fatality Free Friday on May 30.
The messages of the Fatal Five - drink driving, not wearing a seatbelt, fatigue, speed and distraction - will be reprised for the annual day of road safety awareness.
Since January 1, six people have died on Coast roads, 312 people have been injured in crashes. Last year 25 people died on Sunshine Coast roads and police are determined to not reach the startling levels again.
Police have revealed 655 people have been charged with drink driving since the start of the year, while 786 people have been fined for using a mobile phone while driving.
Officers performing handheld traffic speed enforcement have nabbed 6192 drivers exceeding the limit. This doesn't include drivers caught on fixed traffic cameras.
"Fridays are historically one of the busiest days of the week on the roads with the end of the working week and coming into the weekend so it's times like this, especially, that people need to plan their trips," Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Johnston said.
To celebrate Fatality Free Friday, motorcycle champion Chris Vermeulen will be at Sunshine Plaza on May 30 for a day of events and educational opportunities.
Coastwide Driving School will bring their training vehicle to the plaza and give practical tips to parents to help them teach their children to drive safely.
"We heavily support this campaign because we want to help raise exposure that the Sunshine Coast has one of the highest rates of crashes nationally on our roads," Coastwide director Richard Martin said.
"The biggest thing we see on Coast roads is tail driving and driver distraction.
"They are enormous issues and generally we see some drivers just have a blatant disregard for others and awareness on the roads."
- 6 Fatal Traffic Crashes
- 312 Injury Traffic Crashes
- 655 Drink Driving Offences
- 786 Mobile Phone Offences
- 324 Seat Belt Offences
- 72 Hoon Offences
- 6192 Speeding Offences (excludes Traffic Cameras)