“Walking up the driveway my legs feel as if they are made of lead. I’d give anything to be able to turn around. Too not do this. But it’s my job.
My heart sinks as I think about what I’m about to do and there is a knot in the pit of my stomach that just won’t go away. My mouth has suddenly gone dry and I hope that my voice won’t fail me.
I take several deep breaths as I steady myself and prepare to knock on the door.
One thought sticks out in my mind- “I’m so sorry I have to tell you this”. And I repeat it over and over again.
I know how I feel is irrelevant- as I’m about to say the words that no one deserves to hear, and that everyone fears.
I knock with hands that aren’t quiet steady, and wait.”
With a quarter of the year nearly over, and the Easter school holidays just around the corner, Queensland police are urging motorists to take a long hard look at their driving behaviour.
Tragically 49 people have lost their lives on Queensland roads during the first two and a half months of 2016.
With this year’s road toll already 10 more than the same time last year, Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating of the Road Policing Command said safer driving habits will make a significant difference to road safety, and the road toll.
“Every person lost on a Queensland road is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions. Changing driver behaviour and habits can and does make a difference.
“We know that speeding kills, drink and drug driving kills, not wearing seatbelts or driving while fatigued or distracted kills.
“These are not new phenomena. We know that these are the ‘Fatal Five’ causes of fatal and serious road crashes, and yet, everyday across Queensland drivers are willing to risk their lives, your life, and that of your family.
“We have sadly lost 49 people in just under three months. Drivers need to stop and take a long hard look at their driving behaviour.
“You know who you are. You know if you speed, or drink or take drugs before getting behind the wheel. You know if you take short cuts and drive too aggressively. You know if your driving behaviour is risky, and you need to stop.
“We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again because it’s true. The most dangerous thing that any of us is likely to do in our lifetime is get behind the wheel and drive. Each and every time you drive you potentially have a deadly weapon in your hands.
“I’m urging every motorist to think about their driving habits and behaviour. Take note of the ‘Fatal Five’ and eliminate them from your driving. It’ll make for a safer drive for everyone,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.
For more information and fact sheets on the ‘Fatal Five’ visit our website at https://www.police.qld.gov.au/EventsandAlerts/campaigns/fatalfive.htm