Slow it down these hol­i­days

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

PO­LICE are urg­ing Aus­tralians to re­main cau­tious while driv­ing at this time of year.

With in­creased traf­fic on and around pub­lic hol­i­days, the risk of road ac­ci­dents is far higher dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod.

Gen­eral du­ties of­fi­cer Ben Markey wants to stress the im­por­tance of re­main­ing vig­i­lant while driv­ing.

“Just be con­scious of the fact that there are more peo­ple trav­el­ling on the road,” Mr Markey said.

“Ev­ery­one is dis­tracted this time of the year due to or­gan­is­ing fes­tiv­i­ties and try­ing to get some­where in a hurry. Slow down, be con­scious of the other peo­ple on the road, and make sure you abide by the road rules.”

Po­lice send out more pa­trolling of­fi­cers at this time of year due to the in­flux of traf­fic and in­creased risk of be­ing on the road.

Be­tween De­cem­ber 23, 2016, and Jan­uary 3, 2017, Queens­land Po­lice recorded eight deaths on the roads within the state, with 40 deaths across the coun­try dur­ing this pe­riod.

The most com­mon calls are about driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and driver fa­tigue.

“Once they’re be­hind the wheel their be­hav­iour stands out to other peo­ple,” Mr Markey added.

“We’re out pa­trolling for peo­ple speed­ing, and do­ing our ran­dom breath tests to keep our roads safe if we can.”

Po­lice pres­ence is en­hanced dur­ing the busy fes­tive pe­riod to main­tain road safety and keep driv­ers ac­count­able for their ac­tions.

Mr Markey be­lieves that traf­fic and ve­hi­cle re­lated in­ci­dents can and should be avoided when pos­si­ble.

“There are a lot of peo­ple on the roads and we need to make sure that ev­ery­one gets to their hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion safe and sound.”

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