Gladstone police hit the road to enforce safety laws
DAY one of Road Safety Week kicked off in the Gladstone district on Monday with police out in force, particularly on the lookout for drivers committing offences related to distraction and inattention.
With officers out in Calliope late Monday evening, a number of infringement notices were issued, but it did not mean it was an incident-free day on the region's roads.
A single-vehicle crash at Raglan left an elderly woman requiring transport to hospital for precautionary observation.
This was followed by a mishap on the Leichhardt Hwy about 3.30pm when a caravan fell off a truck trailer, closing the highway for a short time while the scene was cleared.
Closer into town, a 45-year-old man was detained for alleged drink driving just before noon in Auckland St, Gladstone, allegedly driving unlicensed on an unregistered motorbike.
As Road Safety Week ticks over into its second day on Tuesday, police will turn their attention to seat-belt related driving offences, specifically failure to wear a seat belt.
Tuesday also marks the arrival of the new Pace Car, which will patrol the region's highways 24/7.
Operation Mike Aerator will continue through the week, with Wednesday putting the spotlight on speeding offences, before the program wraps up on Sunday night.
With the Central Region averaging about 100 deaths a year as a result of traffic crashes, local officers are determined to drive home the safety message during this special week of promotion and high police presence.