WITH the Easter school holidays now in full swing in the Sunshine State, police are urging travellers to play their part in ensuring they remain safe on the roads.
Assistant Commissioner Ben Marcus urged families to plan their trips accordingly and put road safety first.
Assistant Commissioner Marcus made the comment during the launch of Operation Uniform Easter last week.
It’s being used to promote road safety along Easter holiday traffic thoroughfares.
“We know everyone is eager to get to their holiday destinations, but it’s important to ensure everyone is driving to the conditions and avoiding driving tired,” Assistant Commissioner Marcus said.
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“There will be increased traffic on our roads, all throughout the State.
“Travelling can mean driving on unfamiliar roads and through a variety of environments and weather. Day or night-time, ensure you drive to the conditions.
“Be patient and plan your trip properly. Don’t speed or drive affected by drugs or alcohol.
“You can expect to see police anywhere, anytime conducting roadside operations and patrolling our roads.”
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Last year’s Easter long weekend saw six road-related deaths.
“While your safety is our concern, road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please be careful. Every decision you make behind the wheel, counts.
“One life lost is too many. Help us make sure there is no dampener on this holiday period for you or your loved ones.”
Minister for Police Mark Ryan said the Easter school holidays were a great time to explore Queensland and spend time with family.
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“We know this is a popular time for camping, beach driving and road trips in general, and that it’s a time when we all pack up the car or the camper van with the whole family,” he said.
“While you can expect to see police anywhere, anytime, it is so important for everyone to do what they can to ensure a safe drive.
“It only takes one poor decision for these holidays to end in disaster for you, your family or other road users.
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“Please remember road safety is everyone’s responsibility and plan your trip accordingly. Take regular breaks, share the driving, ensure everyone is buckled up and drive to the conditions and speed limits.
“Police will be doing their part to promote road safety, and you need to do yours,” Minister Ryan concluded.
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