With the second phase of the Christmas Road Safety campaign coming to a close, police are urging Queenslanders to remain vigilant on the road in 2015.
During the Christmas holiday period, four people died on the state’s roads, with 318 people injured as a result of serious crashes.
Road Policing Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said although there had been same number of fatalities and around 100 fewer people injured compared to this time last year, drivers needed to stay alert on the road.
“Last year’s road toll was the lowest since records began. If we want to see even fewer people die on our roads in 2015, then we all still have a lot of work to do.
“Sadly, two people have already died on Queensland roads this year, so even though the second phase of our campaign is now over, police will continue to be out in force right up until school goes back.
“We will continue to target the fatal five, and take enforcement action where we see people putting their lives, and the lives of other innocent road users at risk.”
Acting Assistant Commissioner Keating said he was very concerned at the number of people caught driving under the influence of drugs.
“While we remind people time and time again not to get behind the wheel after you’ve had too much to drink, you’d think common sense would dictate that doing so under the influence of drugs is just as dangerous – but sadly that message doesn’t seem to be sinking in.
“Of the 768 roadside drug tests we performed on drivers over the last 12 days, just over 100 of them tested positive. That is a disturbing figure, particularly considering that it represents a nearly 38% increase on this time last year.”
“I am pleased, however, that 86 less people were caught using their mobile phones whilst driving. Although 499 is still way too many, I am hoping that people are finally starting to understand that texting, Facebooking or taking selfies behind the wheel is foolish and extremely likely to end badly for you.”
|For the 24 hour period to midnight: Saturday, 3 January 2015||2013/14 Daily total||Progressive 2013/14 Total||2014/15 Daily Total||Progressive 2014/15 Total|
|Fatal Traffic Incidents||1||3||1||3|
|Injury Traffic Incidents||20||325||17||266|
|Alcohol and Drug Testing|
|Random Breath Tests Performed (RBT)||11,668||193,820||4,349||135,991|
|Roadside Drug Tests Performed (RDT)||50||896||37||768|
|Drug Driving Roadside positive tests (yet to be analysed)||2||64||6||103|
|Speed Camera Detections||2,428||26,333||2,710||27,770|
|Mobile Phone Offences||48||585||27||499|