April 11, 2023

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Queensland police issued 3,942 traffic infringements to drivers over the Easter long weekend, including 1,217 to speeding drivers, while 363 motorists were caught while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Stream said two lives were lost on Queensland roads and 76 injury crashes were recorded across the state.

“The impacts of these crashes are widespread throughout our community not only with those who must deal with losing a loved one but also those coming to terms with lifelong injuries,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Stream said.

“It’s a real reminder that your actions on the road can have real consequences and our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of those impacted by road accidents this Easter.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Stream said overall, police were pleased with driver behaviour over the long weekend but there were still many preventable incidents putting lives in danger.

“Our officers conducted 24,839 roadside breath tests, detecting 181 drivers who were drink driving and a further 182 driving under the influence of drugs,” he said.

“This is simply not acceptable – this is behaviour that puts their lives, their passengers and others in the community at risk,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Stream said.

Police also had a highly visible presence on our islands, beaches and inland tracks which saw increased traffic over the long weekend to remind drivers of their responsibilities.

Officer in Charge of Highway Patrol Sunshine Coast, Senior Sergeant Shane Panoho, said 112 traffic infringements were issued to beach drivers as well, as part of Operation Sandstorm.

“Over the Easter long weekend, Sunshine Coast police conducted targeted traffic enforcement operations across the Great Sandy National Park and have conducted more than 540 random breath tests,” Senior Sergeant Panoho said.

“Two drink drivers and three drug drivers were detected. 34 speeding tickets issued, along with 21 defective vehicle infringements and 25 people failing to wear seatbelts.

Police continue to urge motorists to heed safety messaging when travelling on the roads or beaches during the school holidays.

“You might be on holidays. You might be enjoying some of the best pristine ocean and parkland environments in the world but you can still die in a traffic crash by making poor choices, not driving to the conditions, not appreciating the limitations of your driving skills or acknowledging that sand driving is not the same as highway driving.”

“Vehicle standards are safety standards. Defective or unroadworthy vehicles will be intercepted and drivers issued with infringement notices and we make no apology for that. Safety should be every motorists priority every time they get behind the wheel, regardless of their location,” Senior Sergeant Panoho said.

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