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Program to improve enforcement of passing distance law

Queensland Police have developed a new program to assist police officers in the field gather evidence and enforce safe passing laws.

The program includes an online learning tool and materials to assist police officers with roadside measurement, awareness and handling of video/camera materials.

It will also help enhance data capture and reporting so that police can more actively monitor and report the number of complaints received and drivers issued with safe passing infringements.

Stay Wider of the Rider decals will be placed on police vehicles across Queensland, reminding road users of the campaign.

A regional trial of the new Queensland Police Service (QPS) program was launched in Bundaberg as part of Queensland Road Safety Week (27- 31 August).

The program has the potential to be a model for other state governments and police departments which are struggling with compliance and enforcement of safe passing distance laws.

Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said that all road users would benefit.  

“Awareness and education are vital for making Queensland’s roads safer for everybody, and this program will give the QPS the capacity to enforce more effectively,” Mr Ryan said.

“This is part of the QPS’ commitment to improving the knowledge and skills of their officers to ensure they act professionally and fairly, improving road safety for all road users.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said bike riders were among the most vulnerable road users.

“Safe Passing Laws are in place to protect bicycle riders because, being a more vulnerable group than motorists, they are less protected in a collision or traffic incident. These can have devastating consequences,” he said.

The QPS program was developed in joint consultation with Bicycle Queensland.

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