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Christmas road safety campaign (phase two) concludes

christmas road safety campaign 2015More than 550 drug drivers and almost 800 drink drivers were among those included in phase two of this year’s Queensland Christmas Road Safety Campaign.

The 12-day phase of the campaign focusing on the Fatal Five causes of road trauma involved extra police patrolling and enforcing road rules across Queensland over the busy holiday period.

Six people died on Queensland roads during the holiday period, two more than during the same period last year.

There were 116 fewer injury traffic crashes and a reduction of 152 people injured in crashes over the 12 days compared with last year.

While total speeding offences were down around eight per cent and drink driving offences decreased 18 per cent, there were 452 more drug drivers recorded than the same period last year.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said while there had been some reductions in traffic offences, police were still disappointed with thousands of Queensland drivers.

“Over the past twelve days, officers have seen thousands of drivers being irresponsible on our roads and putting themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

“A motorcycle rider was caught speeding at 215 kilometres per hour in a 110 zone on the Sunshine Coast while a cyclist returned a B.A.C reading of more than six times the legal limit in Stafford.

“The number of motorists taking illicit drugs before driving is concerning and we intend to substantially increase the number of roadside drug tests throughout 2016.

“Police will continue to target high risk behaviour on our roads this year as we do all we can to prevent further tragedies.”

Phase Two of the Christmas Road Safety Campaign commenced on December 23 and concluded at midnight overnight.

Phase Three of the campaign, which incorporates January school holidays and the back-to-school period continues until January 29.

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