Anyone hitting the road this Easter long weekend is being warned police will be out in full force.
Queensland Police today launched their Easter road safety campaign, which is expected to run until April 18.
Officers will be targeting the main fatal five factors, including drink and drug driving, distraction, speeding, fatigue, and failure to wear a seat belt.
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It comes as the number of lives lost on our roads continues to climb to its highest in a decade.
“We know this is a peak time for our road network, where Queenslanders will be out and about spending time with family and friends,” Assistant Commissioner Ben Marcus said.
“Already this year there are 74 people who won’t have that opportunity.
“Your actions on the roads can have direct consequences on your life and those around you.”
Assistant Commissioner Marcus said officers will be out and about keeping a close eye on motorists.
“Expect to see us anywhere, anytime when you’re on the roads over the Easter and school holiday period,” he said.
“Our message is simple – we want you to remember that every decision you make on the road counts.”
With the Greater Brisbane lockdown now lifted, thousands of people are expected to hit the road for the long weekend, with the state’s peak motoring body urging drivers to take their time.
“Easter traffic could be worse than usual this afternoon when 2.5 million Queenslanders are released from lockdown ahead of the long weekend,” RACQ said.
“Please stagger your leaving times and be patient – it’s not a race – please get to your destination safely!”
The Easter weekend is a high-risk time to be on our roads. @qldpolice launched their Easter road safety campaign and the message was clear – if you’re heading away don’t make the journey a chore, take regular breaks, slow down and obey the rules. We don’t want anymore tragedies. pic.twitter.com/K2U6iaWpSf
— RACQ (@RACQOfficial) April 1, 2021