Rainbow Beach tragedy fallout: police crackdown
UPDATE: AS THE Tin Can Bay and broader Gympie community tries to come to terms with the third loss of life in two weeks on our local roads, police have warned of a crackdown on bad drivers, and revealed the eight target behaviours in their sights.
Drivers who break the rules and put lives at risk are hereby on notice: this community will not stand for it. Police are serious. You will not get away with it, especially if you are doing any of these things:
1. Speeding in 50kmh residential streets in Gympie and the Southside.
2. Illegal parking on footpaths blocking pedestrian traffic.
3. Illegal parking on the pedestrian crossing and No Stopping Zone outside the Southside School on Sunday market days.
4. Skip bins left on roads and footpaths causing danger and obstruction to traffic and pedestrians.
5. Speeding in School Zones.
6. Defective vehicles including oversized wheels and tyres, spotlights mounted illegally, rod holders on bull bars - Refer to Queensland Transport website for information.
7. Towing offences, including failure to have towing mirrors when towing caravans and large trailers, failure to connect safety chains, failing to have trailer lights connected and working, insecure loads on trailers - including trade tools, dogs, bulk water containers, building materials. Refer to QT website for further information.
8. Hooning complaints in the CBD and town area, Tandur and Noosa Rds.
UPDATE: Gympie police have expressed their concern about the high cost of driver error and failing to comply with basic road rules following three fatal accidents in two weeks on Gympie region roads.
Tin Can Bay dad and businessman Ian Window was the latest victim of this cluster of tragedy on Saturday, and followed dead crashes on the Mary Valley Hwy and Old Maryborough Rd.
Officer in charge of the Gympie Road Policing Unit Sergeant Peter Webster said while there was no single common cause identified in the crashes, driver error and failing to comply with basis road rules was evident in most instances.
"Police are urging drivers to take the task of driving a motor vehicle seriously as their safety and wellbeing and that of other road users is at stake," Sgt Webster said.
"The result of poor decisions by road users can have catastrophic and long lasting effects on the lives of others.
Obey the road rules. Drive to the prevailing conditions. Pay attention to what you are doing including not being distracted by using mobile phones whilst driving. Be aware of what is happening ahead and around you. Drive defensively and expect the unexpected.
"Of course it goes without saying to avoid drink driving, drug driving, driving whilst tired, exceeding the speed limit and ensuring all vehicle occupants are suitably restrained."
Motorcyclist killed was beloved father Ian Window
UPDATE: It has been confirmed that the motorcyclist killed in Saturday morning devastating accident at the intersection of Tin Can Bay Rd and Rainbow Beach Rd was beloved father and Tin Can Bay businessman Ian Window.
The small community of Tin Can Bay, together with the broader St Patrick's school community, is mourning the tragic loss.
Bay resident and photographer Ken Ferguson posted this on Facebook following Saturday's tragedy:
"A very sad day for Tin Can Bay as we mourn the loss of one of our most popular businessmen and friend, Ian Window. It seems as though we have known him for ever. Always happy to somehow fit you into his busy day. I know he will be very sadly missed by many and our hearts and thoughts go out to Helen and family at this most devastating time."
Mr Window was killed in a collision with a campervan at the Rainbow Beach turn-off at Wallu just before 7am on Saturday.
Mr Window, 60, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
A 22-year-old female Dutch national was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital for treatment.
The Forensic Crash Unit was investigating.
A 60 year old man has been killed and a woman airlifted to Brisbane following a tragic accident at the intersection of Tin Can Bay Rd and Rainbow Beach Rd this morning.
The man was riding a motorbike at the time of the accident,which occurred just before 7am. The woman was driving a campervan. She suffered head injuries and was airlifted to Royal Brisbane Hospital in a stable condition.
Emergency service workers tried to resuscitate the man at the scene but were unsuccessful. Traffic going to and leaving the Cooloola Coast was disrupted and delayed for several hours.
The twisted remains of the motorbike a grim reminder of the devastating consequences of the accident.
Gympie ambulance station officer in charge Wayne Sachs described the accident as a tragedy this morning. It is the third fatal accident in a short period of time and occurred at an intersection that has been described as "tricky".
"Please, everyone just be safe out there," Mr Sachs said. "Drive safely. Be patient."
Authorities are unable to reveal names at this stage or to give any indication if the man is a local resident. Our thought go out to his family.