Cops launch road safety blitz
POLICE are sending out a strong message to drivers as they launch their road safety blitz these Easter holidays: slow down, take a rest and don't drink and drive.
Bundaberg Police Senior Sergeant Erwin Hoffman said police would be out in force on the roads from today.
“We want everyone to arrive safely at their destinations,” he said.
Throughout the holiday campaign police will be targeting the “Fatal Four” – drink driving, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and driving tired.
“The drink-driving message is really simple,” Snr Sgt Hoffman said.
“If you drink, don't drive and if you drive, don't drink.”
He said it was crucial to combat fatigue on the road as well.
“Every two hours people should be pulling up for at least 15 minutes,” he said.
Snr Sgt Hoffman warned police would come down hard on those who were not obeying the law, in an effort to keep other road users safe.
He urged drivers to make sure they kept their focus solely on driving – regardless of whether or not they were familiar with the roads and area.
“A lot of our crashes are local people on local roads,” he said.
“People just need to be more aware of their surroundings when they are driving their vehicle.”
Snr Sgt Hoffman said the safety crackdown was in place because of the high volume of traffic on the road.
“Traditionally at this time of the year it's a really busy period on our main roads,” he said.
He said police expected a number of people to be travelling both this weekend and over the Easter weekend.
Snr Sgt Hoffman said boaties should also be aware the same rules apply on the water.
“Drinking and driving on a vessel or a boat is the same as in a car and people can lose their licence,” he said.
He also warned boaties to make sure they had the necessary safety equipment on board.
This Easter will see the state's first automatic number plate recognition technology van in use.
Police minister Neil Roberts said the technology had been trialled for 12 months and one unit had been put in place.
He said more would be bought soon in an effort to have at least one unit in every police region across the state by mid 2012.
“Last year 11 people lost their lives in road crashes during the Easter school holiday period – two during the traditional Easter long weekend,” he said.
- Don’t drink and drive
- Stick to the speed limit
- Wear a seat belt
- Stop for at least 15 minutes every two hours
- Pay attention to traffic signs
- Obey the road rules