QLD Police focuses on truck drivers

Queensland South Eastern Region police "continue to be amazed that some heavy vehicle drivers take risks behind the wheel".

Regional Traffic Coordinator Inspector Ron Barry said Operation Austrans is being conducted in the South Eastern Region this month with more than 482 heavy vehicles intercepted in the first two weeks of the month-long operation.

To date police have found six drivers with unregistered/uninsured vehicles and 12 drivers were detected during the operation with log book offences.

“The log book offences are not just paperwork errors. These are serious offences which indicate that the drivers could be fatigued and this is a risk to every motorist on the road. Driving is a profession to these people. They should be treating their responsibilities accordingly,” Inspector Barry said.

“Police will be targeting drivers of semi-trailers, trucks, buses and other heavy vehicles in an effort to improve road safety across the South Eastern Region.

To date, South Eastern Region police are averaging 37 heavy vehicle intercepts a day as part of their ongoing commitment to reducing the road toll in 2008.

“Every driver of these vehicles has undertaken a random breath test to ensure the driver is not over the legal limit and some drivers have been subjected to random drug testing.

“Police have also issued 34 heavy vehicle drivers with other offences and five have been given an infringement notice for failure to adequately restrain their load. We detected two heavy vehicle drivers speeding and another who failed to wear a seatbelt,” he said.

“The heavy vehicle traffic enforcement campaign during March is a timely reminder to those who drive for a living to ensure they drive according to the road rules for the safety of all motorists, particularly across the South Eastern Region.

“Obviously heavy vehicles by their very size can cause considerable damage if involved in a traffic crash.

“Police will continue to monitor heavy vehicle driver behaviour throughout March as part of their commitment to reduce the road toll in South Eastern Region this year,” Inspector Barry said.


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