MOTORISTS travelling on Queensland roads this Easter long weekend are being urged to stay focussed and share the road with care, particularly in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.
The Queensland Police Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Ambulance Service this week launched the 2018 Easter Road Safety Campaign.
Fifty-seven people have already been killed on Queensland roads this year – five more than this time last year.
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“We often see drivers travelling large distances to get to their families,” Ms Farmer said.
“And as the Commonwealth Games draw nearer, this year we’re also expecting to see an increased presence on our roads with international and interstate guests starting to arrive.
“This will have an impact on our roads, especially in the South Eastern corner of our state.
“I’m urging drivers to show tolerance and respect when driving to make sure all road users are safe.”
Police Minister Mark Ryan urged motorists to be aware of Fatal Five – drink driving and drug driving, fatigue, inattention, not using a seat belt and speeding – the most common killers on Queensland roads.
“Every decision made behind the wheel can potentially have dire consequences, and some can even be fatal,” he said.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the QPS would play a key role driving safety and compliance with high visibility patrols on major road networks throughout the state.
“Easter is one of the busiest periods on our roads. It’s a time when many families travel long distances to reach their holiday destination,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“For this reason, we will be staging officers from the Road Policing Command in high risk areas actively enforcing the Fatal Five.
“In the lead up to the games, this year in particular, we are asking road users travelling along the Pacific Motorway to exercise caution and specifically to heed the warning of the dangers of speeding and distraction.
“The Queensland Police Service is committed to keeping Queenslanders safe on the roads, and we ask that drivers show tolerance and respect for all road users this Easter.”