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Queenslanders urged to drive safely during Spring Break

Acting Assistant Commissioner Dale Pointon is today announcing Operation Spring Break 2015, a coordinated state-wide initiative for the school holidays aimed at reducing the number of serious injury and fatal traffic crashes on Queensland roads.

The operation, which will run from Friday, September 18 to Friday, October 9 inclusive, is designed to direct community attention to offences related to speeding, impaired driving, seatbelts, fatigue, distracted driving, defective vehicles, and other road related offences.

A/Assistant Commissioner Pointon said police will target these offences to make Queensland roads safer for everyone.

“Please be safe on our roads so we can keep this year’s toll as low as possible. Any death on Queensland’s roads is one death too many,” A/Assistant Commissioner Pointon said.

So far this year there have been 163 fatalities on Queensland’s roads. This compares to 160 from last year.

Disappointingly, last year’s operation, which ran from September 19 to October 10, 2014 detected 1,609 drink drivers and saw police issue 1,072 infringement notices for not wearing a seatbelt, 1,597 infringement notices for using a mobile phone and 17,362 infringement notices for speeding.

“Whilst the police will be maintaining a high visible presence on Queensland’s highway and roads during this period, ultimately road safety is everyone’s issue and responsibility”.

“Following on from our first ever state-wide road safety week, this campaign provides an opportunity for all of us to demonstrate our commitment to road safety in building a strong positive road safety culture in this great state,” A/Assistant Commissioner Pointon said.

“Drivers can ensure they are contributing to safer roads for themselves and others by ensuring every time they get behind the wheel they stick to the speed limit, drive to the prevailing conditions, do not drive tired, do not drive drunk or inhibited by drugs, wear their seatbelt and ensure their full attention is on the road.

“Drivers should prepare for the school holiday break, plan their trips, take regular breaks from driving – at least every two hours, and exercise patience.” A/Assistant Commissioner Pointon said.

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