Queensland police force introduces new road safety educational vehicle

The Queensland government has announced it will be introducing a new Queensland Police Service Fatal Five car, aimed at warning motorists about the dangers of inattention when driving.

The new car joins an existing road safety fleet which already includes vehicles dedicated to the other four fatal flaws of driving - speeding, drink driving, not wearing a seatbelt and driving while fatigued.

State police minister Jack Dempsey says that the new inattention Fatal Five car will help promote the message that driver distraction and failing to be aware of what is happening on the road can be potentially fatal.

"Whenever someone gets in a car, all we want is for them to reach their destination safely," said Mr Dempsey in a statement released January 15.

"The 15 deaths on Queensland roads already this year are far too many, but if every driver takes care and obeys the road rules, we can make this year one of the safest on our roads."

If you are a fleet manager concerned about the safety and wellbeing of your drivers, it may be worth reminding them about the Fatal Five factors that can potentially lead to a crash on the road.

Alongside regular and ongoing fleet maintenance, driver education can be an excellent way to help mitigate the risk that company vehicles will be damaged while out on the roads, while ensuring that drivers remain safe as well.

According to Queensland police commissioner Ian Stewart, modern technology such as cell phones, in-car stereos and DVD players and satellite navigation can all lead to drivers getting distracted on the roads.

"The community’s safety is our priority, but as people become more reliant on mobile technology in their daily lives they need to know that using these devices when driving significantly increases crash instances," said Mr Stewart.

He went on to explain that the new road safety vehicle will be utilised for ongoing traffic operations across the state, helping educate drivers whilst at the same time being used for speed detection activities and drug and alcohol screenings.