Police to target 'fatal five' over festive season
STANTHORPE motorists can expect extra police on the roads over the school holiday period as the Christmas Road Safety Campaign kicks off across Queensland.
Stanthorpe Road Policing Unit officer-in- charge Sergeant Daniel O'Dea said local police would roll out a series of targeted operations.
"We want to ensure everyone has a happy and safe festive season and not one tarnished by road trauma,” Sgt O'Dea said.
"Over the Christmas and school holiday period, police will be out in force targeting drivers putting themselves and other road users at risk by breaking the law.
"Officers will be conducting random alcohol and drug testing for drivers, undertaking both covert and overt speed enforcement strategies in high-risk zones while maintaining a highly visible presence throughout the campaign.
"Tragically, 33 people died and more than 2000 people were injured on Queensland roads during the last year's Christmas Road Safety Campaign.
"We urge everyone to consider the Fatal Five contributing factors to road fatalities when getting behind the wheel of their vehicle.”
Police will target speeding, drug and drink-driving and seatbelt offences.
Sgt O'Dea also urged motorists to avoid driving tired and distractions such as mobile phones.
During last year's road safety campaign police conducted 624,798 roadside breath tests and 9,287 drug tests on drivers across Queensland.
A total of 2,307 infringement notices were issued for using a mobile phone while driving and 1,577 people received infringement notices for not wearing a seatbelt.
The 2016/17 Christmas Road Safety Campaign is being conducted between December 9 to January 27 and incorporates the lead up to Christmas, over the New Year's break, Australia Day weekend and back to school week.