Operation targets heavy vehicles during National Road Safety Week

Police have today conducted an operation targeting high-risk behaviours from drivers of heavy vehicles around the Port of Brisbane.

Acting Inspector Ian Crang said the operation was focused on reducing road trauma and targeting dangerous behaviour such as speeding and drink and drug driving.

“This year to date, 37 lives have been lost in crashes involving heavy vehicles. Heavy vehicle drivers need to exercise proper care and attention whilst driving. Today’s operation will also remind heavy vehicle drivers that they have a very important responsibility on our roads,” Acting Inspector Crang said.

Acting Inspector Ian Crang spoke about the heavy vehicles road safety operation

“We are checking drivers’ logbooks and work diaries to monitor working hours, investigating for unlawful modifications to vehicles and testing drivers for the presence or influence of drugs and alcohol.”

“As speed is still a major contributing factor to crashes, we will also be conducting speed enforcement.”

During the operation, police intercepted 21 trucks, issued traffic infringement notices for offences including not having taken sufficient rest, not having proper load restraint, failing to complete a work diary and not wearing a seatbelt.

“Heavy vehicle drivers are operating massive machines and it’s so important that they take their responsibility seriously,” acting Inspector Crang said.

“We want all Queenslanders to remain safe on our roads, particularly as we head into the upcoming festive season.”

The operation was scheduled during National Road Safety Week, which is urging motorists to “drive so others survive”. National Road Safety Week is in its eighth year and runs from November 15 to 22.

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