Police will be out in force on local roads on Thursday, as part of a high-visibility safety blitz ahead of Easter.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said the high-visibility operation was designed to send a strong message to road users.
“The Thursday before Easter – particularly the afternoon – is one of the busiest periods on our roads,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.
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“It’s a time when people spend many hours behind the wheel to get to their holiday destination – so with more people on the roads, travelling longer distances, unfortunately the risk of a serious crashes increases.
“That’s why we will be staging officers from the Road Policing Command in high-risk areas across the state – including major highways.
“Our officers will out there actively enforcing the speed limit, conducting breath tests and checking licences.
“Anyone travelling on the state’s highways today can expect to see police. We know from our research that Queenslanders like to see police on the roads helping to keep them safe – it’s reassuring and also serves as a deterrent to those engaging in high risk behaviour.”
Assistant Commissioner Keating has called on Queenslanders to be mindful of the Fatal Five over the Easter long weekend.
“Police will continue to target speeding, drink and drug driving, using mobile phones behind the wheel, driving tired and people not wearing seat belts,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.
“In 2015, Queensland had the worst Easter road toll since seasonal records began in 1992, however last year we had the best.
“I want everyone – police and road users – to work together to ensure that everyone gets home safely in time for the Easter Bunny’s arrival on Saturday night” he said.