‘Absolute stupidity’: Police slam drivers after horror Easter

Police have criticised the behaviour of some drivers after a shocking Easter weekend on Queensland roads.

Six people were killed and another 135 people were injured across the state.

Police expect the toll to rise with several people still fighting for life in hospital.


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“All these deaths were preventable. It’s about driver behaviour,” Acting Chief Superintendent Ray Rohweder said.

“The themes are consistent – alcohol and drug use, distraction, fatigue, they’re all, in some cases quite idiotic behaviour.”

More than 22,500 breath tests were carried out over the weekend with 228 busted drink-driving.

Officers also conducted more than 1300 drug tests, catching out 219 drivers.

A total of 2409 speeding tickets were dished out, not including motorists caught by speed cameras.

Acting Chief Superintendent Ray Rohweder says some of the speeding offences were ‘ridiculous’.

“78 kilometres over, yesterday morning on the M1 at Daisy Hill.

“At Browns Plains, 130 in a 70 zone in torrential rain the evening beforehand. That is just absolute stupidity and those matters will be looked at further.”

Police also issued 113 fines for seat belt offences and 48 tickets for drivers using their mobile phones.

Acting Chief Superintendent Rohweder has again been critical of the hundreds of hoons that turned out on the northern Gold Coast on Saturday night, warning that Police would soon be coming for them.

Around 1000 people in 600 cars attended the meet at Pimpama with Police allegedly pelted with projectiles including fireworks.

“We are addressing those as we speak and there will be some people whose vehicles will be on the back of tow trucks and impounded and they will also be charged with some serious offences.”

The Police road safety operation will run until April 18.