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Driver distraction and vulnerable road users

Police doubling the road safety focus on drivers multiplying risks

This month, ACT Policing is asking all road users to limit their chances of being distracted, with a dual focus on distracted driving and vulnerable road users.

Officer in Charge of Road Policing, Detective Inspector Marcus Boorman is reminding everyone that distractions greatly multiply the risks of something going wrong.

“Driving is something many of us do every day, but you have to pay attention to what you’re doing,” Detective Inspector Boorman said.

“If you’re not paying attention, it’s much more likely you’ll hit something. That could be a pedestrian, a cyclist, or another vulnerable road user, and the consequences there can be tragic.

“I want everyone, not just drivers, to think about what they’re doing on our roads. Pedestrians need to look out for traffic and not at their phone, before they cross the road. Cyclists shouldn’t wear headphones while riding.

“Don’t multiply the risks to your own safety, and make yourself more vulnerable than you already are.”

Detective Inspector Boorman also reminded motorists that in addition to the road safety focus, police will still be enforcing all road rules.

“Earlier this week, a 28-year-old P-plate driver was detected doing 184km/h on the Majura Parkway. Yes, this driver was fined $1841 and will lose their licence after receiving six demerit points, but a one-second distraction at that speed would have seen that driver travel more than 50 metres. That’s beyond frightening, it’s stupid,” Detective Inspector Boorman said.

 

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