26 September 2023

Police ready for Easter travel surge

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The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has announced that its regular Easter Road Safety Campaign, Operation Victor Easter, is now under way and will run until 16 April.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of the QPS, Chris Stream said police would conduct targeted operations and maintain a highly visible presence on highways and roads to reduce trauma and fatalities.

“Many Queenslanders will be taking road trips into unfamiliar areas throughout the holiday period and are urged to avoid the fatal five: Speeding, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, driving tired and distracted driving,” A/Assistant Commissioner Stream said.

“Expect to see police conducting roadside operations and patrolling our roads, doing everything we can to reduce road trauma and keep Queenslanders safe.”

He said getting stopped by police might be an inconvenience to some “but for us, it is often the best-case scenario when the alternative is responding to a fatal car crash”.

“There is no second chance if you make a fatal decision behind the wheel,” A/Assistant Commissioner Stream said.

Minister for Police, Mark Ryan said police were always doing their part to promote road safety and enforce road rules “and you can expect to see them anywhere, anytime”.

“Plan your trip, take regular breaks, share the driving, and ensure everyone is buckled up,” Mr Ryan said.

“If you see police officers out and about over the break, remember they’re sacrificing time with their own families to make sure that you and yours get home safely.”

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