Drive safely during school holidays

QUEENSLANDERS are being urged to pay attention on the roads these school holidays so all motorists can return home to their families safely.

Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey joined Police Commissioner Ian Stewart to launch Operation Spring Break 2014, a co-ordinated state-wide initiative for the 2014 September and October school holidays.

Minister Dempsey said the road safety operation was aimed at reducing the number of serious injuries and fatal crashes.

"Many families travel long distances during the September school holiday period which means the roads are busier than usual," Mr Dempsey said.

"With the extra traffic comes the potential that more crashes can occur so we want to ensure families and all commuters get to and from their destination safely.

"One fatality this school holiday period will be one too many.

"We've put more police on the frontline to monitor road safety and we have upgraded our patrol motorbikes to reinforce the road safety message.

"Now it's up to the public to do their bit by ensuring that every time they get behind the wheel they remember the Fatal 5 - do not speed, do not drive tired, do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, wear a seatbelt and ensure full attention is on the road."

The operation, which will run from September 19 to October 10, is designed to direct community attention to offences related to speed, impaired driving, seatbelts, fatigue, driver distraction and other road related offences.

Commissioner Stewart said police would target these offences to make Queensland's roads safer for everyone.

"A highly visible police presence will be deployed across Queensland's highways and roads these school holidays," Commissioner Stewart said.

Last year's operation, which ran from September 20 to October 11, detected almost 1,500 drink drivers and saw police issue more than 1,000 infringement notices to people not wearing a seatbelt.

"Police are hoping to see remarkably improved results for this year's operation," Commissioner Stewart said.

"This is a whole-of-community issue and our police need everybody's support to stop people being killed and injured on our roads.

"Drivers should prepare for the school holiday break, plan their trips if they are visiting friends and family, and take regular breaks from driving, at least every two hours."

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