Road safety focus at coffee with a cop

SAFETY FIRST: Grab a morning coffee with a cop at Cleveland's Library Square on Tuesday, August 28 for road safety week. Photo: Hannah Baker
SAFETY FIRST: Grab a morning coffee with a cop at Cleveland's Library Square on Tuesday, August 28 for road safety week. Photo: Hannah Baker

EVER wondered what equipment cops use to nab drivers breaking the law?

Find out more by enjoying a coffee with a cop at Cleveland’s Little Bloomfield Cafe, at Library Square, on Tuesday, August 28 between 9.30am and 11.30am.

Bayside district crime prevention coordinator Senior Constable Brendon Winslow said road policing unit crew would be there to show patrons how different devices were used to monitor traffic.

The demonstration is all part of Road Safety Week, which runs from August 27 to 31. The week promotes good driver behaviour in a bid to stop road carnage.

Speed, drink and drug-driving, seat belt compliance, fatigue and driver distraction have all been targeted by bayside police, including Capalaba station’s road policing unit, to prevent serious injuries and fatalities.

Bayside patrol group tactician Senior Sergeant Dave Eugarde said the number of drug drivers caught from January 1 to August 3 was less than in the same period last year but still too high.

“It would appear that between January 1, 2018 and (August 3) we’ve had 194 instances of positive saliva tests, as compared to 200 for the same period last year,” he said. 

“(These are) very similar numbers. I guess we are grateful for no increase but disappointed that there are any at all.”

Data from the Transport and Main Roads Department reveals 152 people have been killed on Queensland roads this year from January 1 to August 5.

The number is nine more than in the same period last year.