Police launch holiday road blitz
THE placing of a public holiday in the middle of school holidays this year is an unknown quantity for police enforcing a road safety campaign.
Bundaberg Superintendent Rowan Bond said the Queen's Birthday on October 1, for the first and only time, would mean an extra long weekend this year for police to deal with. (From next year, October 1 will be Labour Day.)
Supt Bond said Operation Spring Break, launched yesterday, would see police commit more resources to road safety.
"The June and September school holidays are traditionally a time for a high number of crashes," he said.
"We will certainly have a high visual presence on the roads to try to reduce the number of crashes."
Supt Bond said motorists could expect increased breath testing and more high visual patrols, as well as unmarked cars, aimed particularly at speedsters.
"People in school holidays sometimes travel at high speeds," he said.
"People try to align their work holidays with school holidays, and some people try to pack more in than they should."
Supt Bond said driver fatigue was also an issue during school holidays as people tried to get to and from their holiday destinations.
Police Minister and Bundaberg MP Jack Dempsey, launching Operation Spring Break in Brisbane yesterday, urged drivers to stay alert, take regular breaks and wear their seatbelts as they took to the roads for the school holidays.
He said the school holiday break was traditionally a busy time on the road and urged people to stay safe.
"This school holidays we want everyone to make it to their destination safely - driving carelessly is just not worth the risk," Mr Dempsey said, adding police are reminding drivers about the Fatal Four - driving tired, not wearing a seatbelt, speeding and drink-driving.