Constable Katie Maxwell warns motorists to behave on the roads this holiday season.
Constable Katie Maxwell warns motorists to behave on the roads this holiday season. Max Fleet

Drivers urged to be safe

BUNDABERG motorists are still not getting the Fatal Four message, with police seeing an increase in high-range drink-driving offenders and people doing dangerously high speeds.

As many people get in their cars to reach their Christmas Day destination, Bundaberg police traffic branch officer-in-charge Sergeant Marty Arnold is urging drivers to take care on the roads.

"Unfortunately, at this time of year, some people are rather festive and laidback and forget their obligations on the road," Sgt Arnold said.

In recent weeks, police have seen some very high drink-driving levels when carrying out random breath testing.

"Readings do tend to get a little higher this time of year," Sgt Arnold said.

"We've had a slight increase in positive detections but that most likely as a result of increased testing."

Along with people driving under the influence, Sgt Arnold said there had been some very concerning cases of people driving at high speeds.

"The numbers of people we are catching speeding is reasonably consistent but we've seen some higher speeds," Sgt Arnold said.

"People are doing in excess of 30kmh over the speed limit.

"Maybe they're in a rush or they just can't see the blatant danger they are inflicting on themselves and others on the roads."

Sgt Arnold said overall in Bundaberg, drivers were quite good at using their seatbelts.

"Not wearing a seatbelt is just laziness on some people's part," he said.

"We have had a number of fatal crashes this year where if people were wearing a seatbelt, it may not have been a fatal crash."

Sgt Arnold had a message for drivers getting behind the wheel these holidays.

"Take your time getting to your destination," he said.

"It's better to be late than not get there at all.

"Even the most experienced drivers can find themselves in these bad situations."

Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson has sent an open letter to the people of Queensland asking them to keep an eye on their attitude behind the wheel this year.



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