Assistant Commissioner Southern Region Tony Wright today launched the Stay on Track Outback road safety project for 2014 at the Caravanning and Camping Show at the Brisbane RNA Showgrounds.
The award-winning Stay on Track Outback road safety project was originally launched during the 2012-13 tourist season by QPS in partnership with SANTOS, Murweh Shire Council, Transport and Main Roads and Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) and the Charters Towers branch of the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA).
The project achieved significant results in the reduction of caravanning traffic crashes.
After a significant increase in the number of vehicles on western Queensland roads, the road safety project will see further strategies implemented to assist motorists heading to outback Queensland.
In partnership with Santos, Jayco Motor Homes and Isuzu UTE Australia, a Jayco motor home and Isuzu D-MAX ute decorated with ‘Stay on Track Outback’ graphics will be travelling across Western Queensland to support the Imparja television ads in the education phase of this project.
Assistant Commissioner Wright said these two vehicles on display at the launch of the project served as an excellent reminder for people planning a trip in Outback Queensland.
“Driving on the highways and roads of Outback Queensland poses hazards and conditions that some people may never have encountered before,” Assistant Commissioner Wright said.
“Special attention needs to be given to driving to the conditions, taking care when towing, watching out for wildlife and livestock and sharing the road safely.
“Rural roads can change in an instant and motorists need to be aware, especially if they have little experience driving on the nation’s outback highways.”