Slow it down these holidays
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.”