Tapping community ideas on road safety

COULD dash cams in cars be the answer to catching the Sunshine Coast's most risky drivers?

That was one of the ideas floated at the inaugural Road Safety Forum at the Maroochy RSL Sub Branch yesterday afternoon.

The Queensland Police Service invited the community and a panel of experts to offer insights into why people were running risks on our roads and ways in which the most serious crashes might be be reduced.

Among the suggestions were more public transport to help get traffic off the roads, increased education to help young drivers transition from learners to provisional licenses and mandatory roadworthy inspections every registration renewal.

Young drivers were a recurrent theme during the first half of the two-hour forum, where a debate raged as to whether defensive driving would stack up for learner drivers.

Nambour resident Mike Strano suggested police should perhaps spread their resources for speed detection more evenly between major highways and suburban streets.

Acting inspector David Bradley, who moderated the forum, said the flow of ideas was crucial for developing ongoing road safety initiatives for the region.

"We are not performing as well as we were last year with our fatal accidents and road traffic crashes," he said.

"Reducing fatalities and incidents of crashes and stopping road trauma is a priority for the police.

"Our district officer has simply said 'enough is enough' and said for us to come up with a strategy and get some ideas to put into action now.

"We accept the proposition that the police are not the custodians of all the great ideas.

"We truly hope the game changer for Sunshine Coast road safety is found in this community forum.

"The community plays a big role in road safety," Insp Bradley said.

- MEGAN MACKANDER

 


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