Cameron Frewer: Integrity Commission To Examine Failure To Investigate Close Pass Complaints

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Australia’s most powerful state-based integrity agency will examine the failure of Queensland authorities to enforce the state’s Safe Passing Laws, following a horrific crash that killed cycling advocate Cameron Frewer.

Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission – which is empowered to combat system failures within the police service - will investigate the policing and investigation of safe passing complaints, with less than one infringement a week issued statewide in 2017, despite nearly 90 per cent of cyclists reporting being frequently close passed.  

The news comes after the release of a letter written by Cameron in which he expressed grave concerns his numerous reports were not being taken seriously and the law was not being upheld. Frewer was well-known for submitting numerous close pass complaints to police including detailed video and technical evidence.

In the lead up to the announcement of the the inquiry Anne Savage, Chief Executive Officer of Bicycle Queensland, met with senior state government ministers.

Hundreds, Possibly Thousands Of Pages Of Evidence

It is understood Bicycle Queensland will refer a substantial evidence brief that will number hundreds and possibly thousands of pages, to the Police Minister, for his response and referral if appropriate.

“Our submission will highlight the fact that non-enforcement of safe passing laws has created an unsafe driving culture of complacency, indifference, and disregard for cyclists - weakening overall road safety and increasing preventable risk factors which can cause road crashes,” Ms Savage said.

“Our submission will be comprehensive and broad sweeping. And it will occur in conjunction with ongoing work to assist the Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey to establish a permanent stand-alone Road Safety Commission in Queensland.

“Such a Commission would help Queensland to establish itself as a national and international leader in safe driving and healthy travel - strengthening the case for national consistency on the obvious basis that many of us drive and ride across state and territory borders and we need a common set of rules to keep us all safe.”

Bicycle Queensland Briefs Ministers

An initial briefing of both the Transport and Police Ministers by Bicycle Queensland took place during the week at Queensland Parliament. 

“The Ministers carefully considered the information presented by Bicycle Queensland, and have suggested our concerns be referred to an independent authority for examination,” she said.

Ms Savage expects the key objective of the inquiry is to restore justice and make Queensland roads safer for the whole community. 

Public Call For Submissions

Bicycle Queensland later issued a statement updating the pubic on what to expect. The statement reads -

‘Our submission will highlight the fact that non-enforcement of safe passing laws has created an unsafe driving culture of complacency, indifference, and disregard for cyclists - weakening overall road safety and increasing preventable risk factors which can cause road crashes.

‘Our submission will be comprehensive and broad sweeping. And it will occur in conjunction with ongoing work to assist the Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey MP with the establishment of a stand-alone Road Safety and Healthy Travel Commission.

Such a Commission would help Queensland to establish itself as a national and international leader in safe driving and healthy travel - strengthening the case for national consistency on the obvious basis that many of us drive and ride across state and territory borders and we need a common set of rules to keep us all safe.’

Members of the community who would like to contribute or have their say are encouraged to email the details to bqinfo@bq.org.au, or phone (07) 3844 1144.

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