FAR NORTH News & Events


27 May 2023 12:17pm

Four lives have been lost in the last 24 hours, all in country locations, all country people.

The first crash occurred about 10pm Thursday 25 May after a car travelling on Uley Road, Uleybury, left the road and collided with a tree. The driver, a 22-year-old woman from Uleybury, sadly died at the scene.

The second crash occurred about 11am Friday 26 May a ute travelling on the Stuart Highway, Mount Willoughby rolled. A 63-year-old Mimili woman a 60-year-old Indulkana man, both died at the scene.

Then about 6.45pm Friday 26 May two cars and a truck collided on the Dukes Highway, Ki Ki. A 19-year-old woman from Keith, sadly died.

Superintendent Darren Fielke, OIC Traffic Services Branch said, “Every life lost or person injury has far reaching impacts on families, friends and whole communities, this is felt particularly hard in smaller regional areas. There are also serious repercussions for surviving drivers, not only from their own injuries or trauma, but they may face criminal charges, loss of licence and/or jail time.

It is saddening that every one of these deaths and injuries was preventable. It is the responsibility of every single one of us to consciously change our driving behaviour to reduce the risk of death or serious injury to ourselves and other road users.

Police are continuing to focus on the five factors (speeding, seatbelts, drink/drug driving, distraction and dangerous road users) that most contribute to deaths and serious injuries on our roads and to enforce the laws that are in place to save lives.

There is no excuse for ignoring the dangers of driving on regional or metropolitan roads. It’s up to every road user to take responsibility for their own driving.”

There have been 57 Lives Lost on our State’s Road this year, compared to 33 at the same time last year.

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