12 April, 2022
POLICE URGE FAMILIES TO PLAN FOR A SAFE ROAD TRIP THIS EASTER
MINISTER for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services the Honourable Mark Ryan MP and Assistant Commissioner Ben Marcus launched this week the QPS Easter Road Safety campaign, reminding families to travel safely this Easter school holidays.
Operation Uniform Easter will see police promoting road safety in Easter holiday traffic thoroughfares across the state.
Assistant Commissioner Marcus said it was imperative that everyone on our roads put road safety first.
“We know everyone is eager to get to their holiday destinations, but it’s important to ensure everyone is driving to the conditions and avoiding driving tired,” he said.
“There will be increased traffic on our roads, all throughout the state.
“Travelling can mean driving on unfamiliar roads and through a variety of environments and weather. Day or night-time, ensure you drive to the conditions.
“Be patient and plan your trip properly. Don’t speed or drive affected by drugs or alcohol.
“You can expect to see police anywhere, anytime conducting roadside operations and patrolling our roads.”
Last year’s Easter long weekend saw six road-related deaths.
“While your safety is our concern, road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please be careful. Every decision you make behind the wheel, counts.
“One life lost is too many. Help us make sure there is no dampener on this holiday period for you or your loved ones.”
Minister Ryan said the Easter school holidays were a great time to explore Queensland and spend time with family but to do so safely.
“We know this is a popular time for camping, beach driving and road trips in general, and that it’s a time when we all pack up the car or the camper van with the whole family,” he said.
“While you can expect to see police anywhere, anytime, it is so important for everyone to do what they can to ensure a safe drive.
“It only takes one poor decision for these holidays to end in disaster for you, your family or other road users.
“Please remember road safety is everyone’s responsibility and plan your trip accordingly. Take regular breaks, share the driving, ensure everyone is buckled up and drive to the conditions and speed limits.
“Police will be doing their part to promote road safety, and you need to do yours.”