Warwick drivers not cautious enough around trucks
A DESTINATION stop for travellers going to Brisbane or Sydney, Warwick drivers are failing to properly share the roads with heavy vehicles.
The most common incident seen on our roads is small cars taking on trucks, Senior Constable Fraser McLauchlan said.
"Warwick is a heavy truck route and accidents in the area usually involve heavy vehicles," Constable McLauchlan said.
Currently this year Warwick has seen 14 traffic crashes with serious injuries, causes ranging from vehicles following too close, failing to give way and speeding.
"Motorists need to be aware of the capabilities of heavy vehicles, especially when breaking at traffic lights and taking corners," Snr-constable McLauchlan said.
"We've seen people cutting off trucks before red lights and not leaving trucks with enough room to break.
"One incident in the past saw fatalities when a vehicle attempted to do a u-turn in front of a truck." he said.
The Snr-constable said "fatigue and awareness" are the two most harmful causes of accidents on our roads.
"We see a lot of erratic driving from fatigue drivers, you need to be aware while driving whether that's in town or on the motorway," he said.
Falling in with Fatality Free Friday, police were at Warwick Town Hall taking pledges for safe driving.
The road safety campaign urges for a day with zero deaths on the roads, this year focussed on drivers choosing to be road safe.
"Every time you get behind the wheel you make a decision, you choose to speed, you choose to use your mobile phone, it's your choice," crime prevention officer Senior Constable Kirsty Moore said.
"This year we want drivers to make the pledge and choose to follow rules and be safe on our roads," she said.
Snr-Constable said drivers need to ensure safe driving is a habit.
The Warwick Police encourages drivers to be cautious of the western sun this time of year and take the time to ensure road ways are clear before passing.