POLICE BLITZ ON QUEENSLAND
Offenders are putting lives at risk
THE Queensland police were out in force during the Easter long weekend, targeting speeding, drink drivers and drug drivers, as a means to reduce the road toll.
Police say 182 drivers across the state tested positive to drugs since the start of the five-day Easter campaign last Thursday.
This compares to only 50 drivers during the same period in 2015.
Queensland’s 2016 road toll currently stands at 54. SPEEDING 2015: 19,021 2016: 13,913 DRINK DRIVING 2015: 325 2016: 308 DRUG DRIVING 2015: 50 2016: 182 (Source: Queensland Police. Statistics from period of Thursday to Sunday)
Driver distraction has been identified as a contributing factor in 22% of car crashes and 71% of truck crashes. Using a mobile phone while driving is highly distracting and increases your risk of a crash four-fold.
It’s a warning to put down your phone when driving.
Despite the many dangers on Queensland roads and illegality, about 25% of recently surveyed Queensland drivers reported using their mobile phone behind the wheel on a daily basis, while 14% reported using their mobile to send a text message.
It’s a growing concern for police officers around the state as the number of alcohol and drug drivers keeps climbing.
It’s the number one contributor in about 30% of fatal crashes.
More than one-in-five drivers and riders killed on Australian roads have a BAC exceeding the legal limit.
Fatigue is one of the leading factors contributing to road crashes.
A driver who has been awake for a total of 17 hours has a driving ability similar to a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05.
Fatigue crashes are usually severe, resulting in serious injury and death, as the driver makes no attempt to avoid or prevent the crash.
The relative risk of dying as a result of a fatigue-related crash in rural areas of Queensland is 13.5 times higher than the risk in urban areas.
It’s time for drivers to think before getting behind the wheel.
DEADLY ACT: Young drivers are heeding messages around speeding and drink driving but continue to play with their phones while operating a motor vehicle.