Jason Dougherty

Police in blitz on Qld highways today

POLICE will target drivers on Queensland's busiest highways from today as families travel home to start the school year.

The M1, Bruce, Cunningham and Warrego highways will be dotted with marked and unmarked police cars as well as "every police motorcycle in Queensland".

More than 90 police motorcycles will support marked and unmarked police vehicles in the highly visible operation spanning from Coolangatta to Cairns and west to Toowoomba and Warwick.

Commissioner Ian Stewart said he wanted people to begin the school year on a high and to
"Operation Plow will see our total fleet of motorbikes as well as other highly visible traffic vehicles across Queensland hit the highways and send a clear message to drivers," he said.

"Police will be specifically targeting drivers doing the wrong thing and putting themselves and others at risk by speeding, drink driving or being distracted while driving."

The one-day blitz today follows a similar operation on December 20 which saw 486 traffic infringement notices issued including 299 for speeding, 47 for using a mobile phone while driving and 13 seatbelt offences.

Police will maintain a strong presence on Queensland roads throughout the long weekend as people attend Australia Day celebrations.

Acting Police Minister John McVeigh also warned revellers against creating mischief over the Australia Day long weekend.

He said officers across the state would be targeting anti-social behaviour, proactively patrolling public spaces, foreshore parks and organised events.

"We want all Queenslanders to enjoy Australia Day in a safe environment and not have their celebrations spoiled by those doing the wrong thing," Mr McVeigh said.

"If you will be consuming alcohol, make sure you're responsible and plan your transport home."

Queensland Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Peter Barron warned party-goers that police would not tolerate drunkenness or anti-social behaviour.

"Australia Day is a day for families and friends to come together and celebrate our great country," he said. "It is not about drinking to excess or creating a nuisance in public."

Police will be out in force patrolling public spaces, licensed premises, roads and waterways over the long weekend.

Tips for a safe Australia Day:

  • If you are drinking, don't let your level of intoxication make you a perpetrator or a victim of crime.
  • Stay safe and watch your mates, if you find yourself in a threatening situation - walk away. Remember one punch can kill.
  • Make appropriate transport plans, don't drink and drive and risk your family and friends lives.
  • Drive to the appropriate road conditions.
  • If you find yourself in a threatening situation or see a crime in progress call triple zero.
  • If you observe suspicious behaviour report it to police through Policelink on 131 444.
  • If you have information that would assist in solving a crime phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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