Ben Roberts-Smith Says Protect Your Life On The Roads

Ben Roberts-Smith Says Protect Your Life On The Roads

Queensland Minister for Police Jack Dempsey

Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC

Ben Roberts-Smith Joins Campaign To Cut Road Toll

Victor P Taffa

Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith will lead a Queensland Police campaign to improve driver safety and reduce road deaths in central Queensland.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said he was thrilled an Australian hero like Corporal Roberts-Smith had backed the important life-saving initiative.





“The Central Region recorded the most deaths of any region in Queensland in 2013 and today I’m pleased to launch the Central Region Road Safety Week with Commissioner Ian Stewart and Corporal Roberts-Smith.” Mr. Dempsey said.

“We promised at the election to revitalise frontline services and innovative campaigns like this deliver on that commitment.”

“This week has been developed through a shared responsibility approach to road safety and officers will be out in force focusing on the Fatal Five.”

“There are around 650 more Police on the beat across the state now than when we were elected and that will make a difference, but we all still need to work hard.”

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said each of the Fatal Five behaviours would be targeted during the week.

“Our message is that if you speed, drink drive, don’t pay attention, don’t wear a seatbelt or drive while tired you will not only be caught by Police, but you risk your life and the life of every other road user and that is not acceptable.” Commissioner Stewart said.

“As a community we need to take action to stop the carnage on the Central Region’s roads and Police cannot do this without the support of every road user.”

Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG said he was passionate about reducing the trauma on Queensland’s roads.

“We need to raise the awareness of the dangers on our roads and the simple steps we can all take to reduce those risks.” Corporal Roberts-Smith said.

“It is pleasing to see that alongside Police enforcement, there are education programs happening in schools through School Based Police Officers, Adopt-a-Cops and Crime Prevention Officers.”

“It’s important for our children to learn the importance of our road rules and the need to respect other drivers long before they get behind the wheel themselves.”

“Failure to respect the road rules, the road conditions, or other road-users is a gamble not worth taking.” Corporal Roberts-Smith said.



QLD Minister for Police Jack Dempsey

QLD Minister for Police Jack Dempsey