Take the Pledge for Fatality Free Friday on 27 May and stop fatalities for just one day in Australia.

The Ipswich Crime Prevention Unit in partnership with, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service will promote Fatality Free Friday a National Road Safety Campaign supported by CALTEX, SUNCORP Insurance and Monroe Shock Absorbers at Darcy Doyle Place, encouraging drivers to consider road safety by making a commitment to take the pledge.

The pledge is a commitment to you, family and friends to use the roads safely on Fatality Free Friday which can be located on the Fatality Free Friday website www.fatalityfreefriday.com

The project aims to address the concerns of dangerous driver behaviours which include speeding, drink and drug driving, seatbelts and fatigue. Drivers need to be aware of the devastating consequences of road trauma. Fatality Free Friday is aimed at educating the community that road safety is everyone’s responsibility.

More than 80 pairs of shoes will be placed in front of a crashed vehicle at Darcy Doyle Place, representing the people who have died on Queensland roads this year. A variable message board will also display road safety information for motorists driving by the exhibit.

Senior Constable Kerrin Sheedy said “The display will be a reminder of the responsibility drivers have to themselves and other users on the road and to be consciously aware of road safety every time they get behind the wheel, not just for one day but everyday”.

“Police are usually the first to arrive at a fatality, these fatalities have great impact throughout the community due to irresponsible behaviour or driving practices,” Senior Constable Sheedy said.

“Police will have no hesitation in taking action against people who commit such offences in an effort to keep all road users safe on our roads.”

Senior Constable Sheedy offered the following tips to anyone travelling on our busy roads:

  • Observe road rules, obey speed limits; drive to the conditions of the road, be patient and don’t rush to your destination
  • Wear your seatbelts; and ensure everyone in the car is as well
  • Avoid distractions and don’t use your mobile phone while driving
  • Stop every two hours, have a travel plan and change drivers
  • Don’t drink and drive, arrange public transport or a designated driver
  • Make sure your vehicle is mechanically sound and fully serviced
  • Pack a map, water, blanket and first aid kit
  • Have a good rest the night before you start your journey

Police urge people not to become a statistic on the roads, as their safety on the road starts with them.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.