Police target all Queensland highways in pre-Christmas blitz

EVERY police motorcycle in the state as well as marked and unmarked police vehicles will be deployed on highways across Queensland today as more drivers set off on Christmas holidays.

Road Policing Command is co-ordinating the one-day blitz which will focus on some of the state's busiest highways including the M-1, Bruce, Cunningham and Warrego highways.

Road Policing Operations Inspector Peter Flanders said the operation will send a strong message to road users over the busy holiday period.

"As motorists set off to enjoy their Christmas break we want to ensure everyone gets our message that we will be out in force targeting the Fatal Five, particularly on our busy highways," Inspector Flanders said.

Between December 23 last year and January 3 this year, more than 29,000 Queensland drivers were fined for speeding.

"The last thing we want to do is deliver the bad news that a son, daughter or family member has been involved in a traffic crash and won't be home for Christmas.

"We are pleading with drivers to follow the speed limit, not to drink and drive, not to drive tired, wear a seatbelt and not be distracted by mobile phones while driving."

More than 90 police motorcycles will support marked and unmarked police vehicles in the highly visible operation spanning from the Gold Coast to Cairns.

"We will be doing everything we can to stop drivers doing the wrong thing such as speeding and endangering their lives and the lives of other road users," Inspector Flanders said.

Road Policing Command will continue rolling out traffic operations across the state throughout the Christmas Road Safety Campaign.


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