Less traffic but the Fatal Five still of concern

Fatal Five

While people are being urged to ‘stay home’ there are still times when driving is essential. This month, police are reminding motorists to remain focused and obey the road rules, as well as to drive only when necessary.

Throughout April 2020, the focus of the joint road safety campaign between ACT Policing and the Justice and Community Safety Directorate is the ‘Fatal Five’, the five highest contributing factors to fatal vehicle collisions on ACT Roads.

The fatal five includes speeding, distraction, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and intersections.

In keeping with current social distancing requirements, instead of facing the media at a press conference, ACT Policing Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Detective Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman, delivered a video message directly to the community from his car.

“While there may be less traffic on the roads given the current social distancing and self-isolation, less traffic doesn’t mean you go faster. Regardless of how much traffic is on the roads, please always drive safely and obey the speed limit,” Detective Station Sergeant Boorman said.

“Focus on what you’re doing. We all have plenty to worry about, but when you’re driving, that should be your sole focus. Just drive safely.

“Because there is less traffic on the roads, police will be paying a lot more attention. Your chances of getting caught not wearing a seatbelt have increased.

“Only be on the road because you have to do essential things. We’re on the road because we have to be.”

 

This campaign forms part of the ACT Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 which prioritises a Vision Zero approach to road safety.

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