THREE people have been killed and 56 others injured in over 50 crashes on Queensland roads so far this Easter Long Weekend.
Police are out in force targeting speeding, fatigue, drink and drug driving, failure to wear a seat belt, and distraction as part of the state’s five-day Easter Road Safety Campaign.
In just the first two days of the blitz, more than 116 people were caught drink driving, while a further 108 were found to be drug affected.
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A drunk driver allegedly returned a blood alcohol concentration of 0.225 per cent at Miami on the Gold Coast on Thursday, while a driver returned a reading of 0.203 at Carrara on Good Friday.
Almost 8,000 motorists were nabbed speeding across the state in the first 48 hours, while 60 were caught not wearing their seat belts.
A driver was clocked travelling at 170km/h in a 100 zone on the Centenary Motorway at Ellen Grove on Friday.
Fifty people were busted using their mobile phone while driving and 55 vehicles were impounded, including seven on the Gold Coast.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said with wet weather settling in, drivers need to take extra caution on the roads.
“The Easter period often means travelling to unfamiliar locations, and with wet weather predicted across the long weekend, we’re urging everyone to take extra care,” Mr Bailey said.
“Unfortunately, as of last night, three lives have already been lost on our roads this Easter, and a number of crashes have occurred right throughout Queensland.
“Before you head out onto the road with family and friends, look at the forecast and plan your drive. Avoid driving until the weather clears up.
“If you get caught in a quick moving storm or rain event, drive to conditions and keep a safe speed to avoid skidding and aquaplaning.”
“As always, don’t speed, don’t drive fatigued, wear your seat belt and avoid distractions of any kind.”
Queensland Police will wrap up their Easter Road Safety Campaign on midnight Monday, April 22.