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Police kick off Christmas Road Safety Campaign 2016/2017

Motorists can expect extra police on the roads from today as the Christmas Road Safety Campaign moves into gear across the State in the lead up to the festive season.

Sergeant Pollock said with the holiday period approaching local police will be rolling 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,” Sergeant Pollock 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 2,000 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.

These include speeding, drink and drug driving, failing to wear a seatbelt, driving tired and being distracted such as using a mobile phone while driving.

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 seat belt.

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.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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