Everyone wants to feel safe when getting in to their car regardless of whether they are driving to work or for a holiday. People like to think their car will be safe in a public car park and that other drivers on the road will be courteous of them. However, unfortunately this is not always the case. The following sections will cover simple steps to ensure your car protection and for your safety whilst you are driving on the road.
For any further information regarding car, road and public transport safety please contact Ipswich City Council's Community Safety Officer on telephone (07) 3810 7437 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research has shown that there are generally two types of car thefts; those that offend when the opportunity arises and those who are professional car stealers.
The opportunist thief will commonly steal the car, take it for a joy ride or use it for further offending, damage it, and leave it abandoned.
The professional thief will steal cars with the intention of making a profit. They will either dismantle the car and sell the parts or renovate the car and sell it so that it is unidentifiable to the owner.
These are some simple tips for prevention of car theft:
Children and adults must be properly restrained to ensure their safety while travelling in motor vehicles. It's the law for all children up to seven years of age to be correctly restrained according to their size and age. It is important that the correct child restraint is chosen and installed.
The following is a guide to selecting a suitable child restraint:
The driver is responsible for ensuring that all people travelling in their vehicle are correctly restrained. If they or their passengers are not restrained correctly, they risk being fined and losing demerit points for each unrestrained or incorrectly restrained child in the vehicle.
For further information contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80 or visit their website on child restraints http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/childrestraints.aspx
Alcohol and drugs are a major contributing factor to crash fatalities on Queensland roads. These accidents have horrific consequences for the victims and families, especially given that such accidents are so easily prevented.
On average Queensland drivers can be expected to be stopped for a random breath test once every year. Alcohol can have seriously adverse effects on your judgment ability to drive.
If you plan to drink alcohol - Don't drive!
Blood Alcohol Concentrate (BAC) refers to a measurement of how much alcohol is in your body. The legal blood alcohol concentrate (BAC) in Queensland is:
For further information regarding BAC and drinking responsibility please contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80 or visit their website on Drink Driving http://www.qld.gov.au/transport/safety/road-safety/drink-driving/drinking/index.html
In 2007 the Queensland Government began drug testing on Queensland roads. Roadside drug tests involve a police officer conducting a saliva test, similar to random breath testing. The salvia test, tests for illegal drugs; THC, Methylamphetamine and MDMA.
For more information on Drug Driving you can contact your local police station, the Department of Transport and Main Roads or the following Queensland Police Service Drug Driving Fact Sheet website: http://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/roadSafety/drugDriving.htm
The Queensland Police Service has a designated 'Hoon Hotline' for citizens to report people who are driving recklessly and dangerously on Queensland roads. The Hoon Hotline allows police to centrally record all hooning behaviours and also allows citizens to easily record incidents. Any hooning incidents recorded will be relayed to the police for further investigation. The Hoon Hotline is a great tool to help stop hooning in your local neighborhood and support safer roads and driving behaviours. The Hoon Hotline can be contacted on 13HOON and further information can be found at the Queensland Police Service website: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/apps/reports/hoonOnline
The Ipswich region has a well-connected and well-resourced public transport system that is a popular option for those commuting to work and overall transport option. It is important to feel safe whilst you are on public transport and to learn some safe strategies if a situation does arise whilst you are on or waiting for public transport. Below are some tips and strategies for staying safe on public transport.