Monday, July 3, 2017

ARTICLE ON SPEEDING BY ALLIANZ


 Great article - courtesy of Allianz.com

Speeding is a factor in about one third of road fatalities in Australia. Additionally, more than 4100 people are injured in speed-related incidents each year. But there's always more than one victim of speeding.

Speeding affects not only those directly involved in a speed-related accident. A death or serious injury affects the victim's friends, family, witnesses, and the community at large. A hard-hitting ad campaign from the Transport Accidents Commission Victoria depicted the real-life impacts of the speed-related death of Luke Robinson in 2010 on 23 people who knew him. The campaign focused on just one event, but there are hundreds of people who die and thousands injured as a result of speeding every year in Australia.

Consequently, there are thousands of victims of speeding - either directly or indirectly - in this country, and with every death on the road there are hundreds more that suffer.

The figures

The number of road accident fatalities in Australia fell from a peak of 30.4 per 100,000 people in 1970 to 6.9 in 2009. Still, there are an estimated 1300 deaths on Australian roads each year and speeding is said to be a factor in about 34% of these incidents. The drivers that are most likely to commit speeding offences are males aged 17-25 and they account for one third of all speeding drivers in fatal crashes.

What is speeding?

The definition of speeding goes beyond driving above the speed limit. Speeding includes driving too fast for the circumstances or conditions of the road, such as not taking into account weather, light, traffic, roadwork, or road surface.

A driver can easily lose control of their vehicle when speeding, as stopping distances (the distance that a vehicle travels while slowing to a complete stop) and reaction times (the time it takes to see a hazard, realise the danger and take consequential action, like braking) increase. For example, in dry conditions a car traveling at 60km/h takes about 38m to stop; a car traveling at 80km/h needs the length of more than half a football field to come to a stop. Distance and time is critical when an object or pedestrian comes into the path of a vehicle .A long reaction time means a greater stopping distance and the likelihood of an unavoidable and severe crash is therefore increased. In essence, 'the faster you drive, the harder you hit'.

The cost of speeding

Aside from its emotional toll on victims, witnesses, family and friends, speeding incidents cost the community at large. Speed related crashes cost the Australian economy around $27 billion dollars each year and occupy valuable resources. Emergency services, hospital and healthcare and loss of productivity in the workplace are some of the expenses that the community takes on.

What you can do

There are a few simple ways you can prevent speeding and hopefully some of the tragedy speeding contributes to:
  1. Monitor your speed especially when slowing down from a high speed.
  2. Be aware of road signs or warnings especially when approaching curves or corners.
  3. Always stay within the speed limit posted on a particular stretch of road.
  4. Drive slower than the speed limit if weather, traffic or road conditions are poor or difficult to drive in.
  5. When travelling at high speeds, increase the distance between your car and the vehicle ahead of you so that you can stop safely and react quickly to prevent an accident.
  6. Avoid cutting in front of larger vehicles such as trucks because these vehicles require greater stopping distances.
  7. Install safety technology in your car to help prevent you from speeding. For example, Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) is able to alert drivers when they exceed the speed limit by providing auditory or visual warnings. ISA begins to function when a driver exceeds the speed limit for a section of road, by employing GPS technology linked to a speed zone database.
  8. If you are a passenger in a car in which the driver is speeding, ask them to slow down.
Speeding directly affects not only the speeding driver, but also passengers and other road users.

For the families of those killed in accidents where speed is a factor, the impact can last a lifetime. 

Accidents caused by speeding are avoidable: safe, speed appropriate driving can contribute to further reductions in our road tolls and avoid the unnecessary emotional and financial toll on families across the country.



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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA CRIME MAP


 Posting this again due to popular demand :)

Click on the map AT THIS LINK or search for an address to find offences that have occurred in that area.

Good tool to use before buying / renting / moving into an area. CrimeMap.info utilises data provided by the Queensland Police Service to provide insights into the crime occurring around Queensland.

All new data from 2014 onwards is being retrieved via the Crime Stats Desktop website provided by the Queensland Police Service.

This data is also released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

The link is https://crimemap.info/
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

CRIME REPORT - APRIL 2017

Nine offences were reported to police in April, with a spate of burglaries over a three-day period being the biggest issue. Two of the offences could be considered attempts, although the offenders gained entry into the roof space of one house.
A caravan was also stolen, whilst being stored in a driveway. There must be a market for stolen caravans, so owners should review their security. Perhaps a solid wheel clamp and hitch lock should be considered to better protect them.
For full details of all the crimes committed in our area, come to our next meeting on Tuesday night (09/05/17) at the Oxenford Community and Youth Centre.
Burglary
25/04/2017/2017 Thames Place: Unknown offender/s has entered the rear yard and gained entry through a closed by unlocked sliding door. Messy search of house, unknown if property stolen.
26/04/2017 Wimbledon Way: Unknown offender/s has attempted to gain entry by jemmying the front door without success. Offender has then used ladder to gain entry through upper level window. It appears offender/s disturbed when alarm sounded. Jewellery and mobile phones stolen. Linked offence
26/04/2017 Queens Park Circuit: (Attempt) Unknown offender/s has entered the front yard of the premises and attempted to gain entry by jemmying the front door. Nil entry gained, nil stolen. Linked offence
27/04/2017 Rushcutter Avenue: Unknown offender/s has climbed onto the roof of the victim's house & removed tiles to enter the roof space. Other than small damage to the internal ceiling, no further entry as gained.
Theft of motor vehicle
04/04/2017 Regatta Avenue: Unknown offender/s has gained entry to the victim's locked Nissan utility by unknown means and driven away. The vehicle was parked on the roadway at the time.
29/04/2017 California Drive: Unknown offender/s has attended the victim's address and stolen a Caravan which was stored in the driveway.
Wilful damage
13/04/2017 Winslow Court: Unknown offender/s has smashed 4 windows of the house with ball bearings or similar.
16/04/2017 Global Plaza: Unknown offender has scratched the driver’s side panels of the victims Dodge wagon.
22/04/2017 Tamborine-Oxenford Rd: SOLVED: Male offender was observed to enter the pedestrian underpass on Tamborine-Oxenford Rd and spray graffiti on the walls. Male later located and charged.

If you have any information in relation to any of these offences, call Coomera Police on 5519 5555 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Andrew Lake, Acting Inspector 6695, Operational Improvement, Police Headquarters, Brisbane.  (p) 3364 6045 (e) Lake.AndrewI@police.qld.gov.au .

These figures are not official Queensland Police Service statistics.  Official Queensland Police Service statistics are released only through the Information Resource Centre after available data is collected, classified and collated in accordance with nationally accepted rules.
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Friday, May 5, 2017

9th May 2017 - 7pm - please join us



Our next get together is on Tues  9th May  at 7pm. The venue, as always, is the Oxenford and Coomera Youth and Community Centre.


Feel free to come along – no need to RSVP – just turn up.


We have an interesting speaker at every meeting  and you will also get to  meet our Police Liaison Officer Sr Sgt Andrew Lake and our Local Councillor William Owen Jones along with many of your fellow neighbours.  

You will therefore  feel better connected to your community, make new friends and learn much about local news, developments, crime figures and more.



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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Let's talk Emergency Kits



Now, we wouldn’t want you all to turn into Doomsday Preppers – however – we do believe that every home should have an  Emergency Kit in place  as this gives your family a better chance of  surviving and coping with  an emergency situation should it occur.  

In this article we will list what should be in your kit at all times. Please make sure that all family members  know where the kit is kept  and please check and  update the contents of your kit regularly, to ensure everything is in working order and has not expired.

Discuss  your Emergency Kit with all householders and make sure everyone knows what to do in an emergency.  If you need more information on this please visit www.qld.gov.au and in their search box type in ‘dealing with disasters’

Food and water

  • Range of non—perishable food items
  • Bottled water

Medical and sanitation

  • First Aid Kit and manual
  • Essential medications, prescriptions and dosage
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap/shampoo
  • Personal hygiene items

Light

  • Flashlight/torch with extra batteries
  • Battery powered lantern

Communications

  • Battery powered radio with extra batteries
  • Traditional wired telephone
  • Prepaid wired telephone
  • Prepaid phone cards and coins for phone calls

Clothing and footwear

  • Warm jumper, waterproof jacket, hat and gloves for everyone
  • Closed—toed shoes or boots for everyone

Tools and supplies

  • Whistle, utility knife, duct/masking tape
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties
  • Safety glasses and sun glasses.

Miscellaneous

  • Special items for infants (nappies, formula etc)
  • Special items needed by elderly or people with special needs
  • Spare house and car keys
  • Pet food, water and other animal needs
  • Diabetes emergency plan

Important documents

Scan copies of  important documents and  save the files on a USB memory stick or CD to include in your kit. Keep all these items in sealed plastic bags.
  • Insurance papers for your hosue and contents, cars and for valuable items
  • Inventory of valuable household goods
  • Wills and life insurance documents
  • House deeds/mortgage documents
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Passports/visa details
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Medicare, pension cards, immunisation records
  • Bank account and credit card details
  • A back—up copy of important computer files
  • Household Emergency Plan with emergency contact numbers


 
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CRIME REPORT - MARCH 2017

After the large volume of crimes committed in February, thankfully March has been relatively quiet. Additionally, several offenders have been arrested for crime committed in our area in the last month.
Of interest, four kayaks have been stolen in Oxenford since the start of 2017, most of which were chained up. If you own watercraft, whenever possible it may be best to store them in a secure shed, garage or similar location.
Burglary
08/03/2017 Roseapple Circuit: SOLVED: Offenders have entered the victim's house through a partially open sliding door. The offenders have stolen handbags, computers, keys and a Holden sedan from the garage of the house. Three offenders arrested in the vehicle at Southport.
Break and enter premises
31/03/2017 Cottonwood Place: Two unidentified males have forced the front door of the business open and after entering then smashed two jewellery display cabinets with hammers and stolen jewellery. The offenders have tried to force open a staff room without success prior to leaving the scene.
31/03/2017 Winslow Court: SOLVED: Male offender has gained entry to the vacant house by forcing a security screen door. No property was stolen from the house.
31/03/2017 Michigan Drive: Unknown offender/s has gained entry to the child care centre by forcing a glass sliding door open and entering the administration area. It appears no property was stolen.
Stealing
01/03/2017 Brittany Drive: Unknown offender/s has entered the rear yard of the victim's residence and stolen a kayak which was chained to a storage rack. The offender/s has left by unknown means. Linked offences
01/03/2017 Brittany Drive: Unknown offender/s has entered the rear yard of the victim's residence and stolen two kayaks which were tied by rope to a storage rack. The offender/s has left by unknown means. Linked offence
Steal from motor vehicle
07/03/2017 Cottonwood Place: SOLVED: The victim's wallet was stolen from the glovebox of his unlocked Kia wagon whilst it was parked in the shopping centre.
Wilful damage
08/03/2017 Taroona Circuit: Unknown offender, possibly in a vehicle, has thrown a rock at a sliding door at the victim's house, causing it to shatter.

If you have any information in relation to any of these offences, call Coomera Police on 5519 5555 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Andrew Lake, Senior Sergeant 6695, Operational Improvement Unit, Police Headquarters, Brisbane.  (p) 3364 6045 (e) Lake.AndrewI@police.qld.gov.au .

These figures are not official Queensland Police Service statistics.  Official Queensland Police Service statistics are released only through the Information Resource Centre after available data is collected, classified and collated in accordance with nationally accepted rules.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Let's talk about smoke alarms...

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It is your responsibility to make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed. Smoke alarms save lives. 


In this article, we’d like to remind you all about your obligations when it comes to smoke alarms.
By law, all homes and units in Queensland must be fitted with smoke alarms. 


Without them in your home, your risk of death from a house fire is up to 3 times higher. 

In Queensland, about three-quarters of all home fire deaths happen in homes without smoke alarms — nearly half of all house fire deaths occur when people are sleeping.

Your obligations:


Homes built before 1 July 1997 must have at least one 9-volt battery-operated smoke alarm


Homes built or significantly renovated after 1 July 1997 must have a 240-volt (hard-wired) smoke alarm.


Buildings submitted for approval from 1st May 2014 must have hard-wired and interconnected smoke alarms. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services recommends all homes are fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms (not ionisation types).

Photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more effective than ionisation types because they 'see' the smoke by detecting visible particles of combustion. For this reason they are good at detecting smouldering fires and dense smoke, and are not as prone to false alarms (from cooking etc.).

There are two kinds of photoelectric smoke alarms:

  • 240-volt smoke alarms (also called 'hard-wired smoke alarms'). These are connected to the house electrical system and have a battery back-up power supply
  • 9-volt smoke alarms (also called 'battery-operated smoke alarms') are stand-alone battery operated alarms.

When choosing a smoke alarm, make sure it:

complies with the Australian Standard AS 3786-1993
has the Standards Australia Mark or is Scientific Services Laboratory (SSL) certified.

By law, a smoke alarm must be installed on or near the ceiling in a hallway or area close to bedrooms and the rest of the house (in a multi-storey house, a smoke alarm must be installed on each level). 

Anyone who sleeps with their door closed should have a smoke alarm installed in their bedroom.