Its been a horror start to the Christmas school holidays with seven people killed on Queensland roads in just three days.
The shocking road toll has prompted Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating to issue a desperate plea, urging motorists to be vigilant on the roads this festive season.
“We have seen a very tragic and disappointing start to the school holidays on Queensland roads with the deaths of seven people in just the first weekend,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.
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“Any loss of life on our roads is tragic but it is especially difficult for the family and friends of those affected at this time of year when people should be enjoying celebrations rather than grieving the loss of a loved one.
Assistant Commissioner Keating said while the fatal crashes remain under investigations, alcohol, drugs and speed may have been a contributing factor to at least two.
“Alarmingly, we have surpassed the total number of fatalities in December last year in just the first 11 days of December this year.
“While each of the seven fatal traffic crashes remain under investigation, early inquiries indicate excessive speed and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may have contributed to at least two of the crashes,” he said.
Queensland Police launched their annual Christmas Road Safety Campaign last Friday, coinciding with the start of school holidays.
Assistant Commissioner Keating said officers across the state had already ramped up their traffic enforcement efforts.
“We are urging everyone to take road safety seriously and make responsible decisions on our roads, particularly over the holiday period where road networks are at their peak,” he said.
“Police will maintain a high presence throughout the campaign and continue to target high risk road users.”
Queensland’s road toll is currently 236, three more fatalities than this time last year.