Police out in force as Christmas road safety ramps up

QUEENSLAND motorists will notice more police on our roads from today with phase two of the Christmas Road Safety Campaign shifting into gear overnight.

Drivers are being urged to remain vigilant on the road with this year's operation focusing on the Fatal Five, with a greater emphasis on drink driving.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said the holiday period was one of the busiest times on the road.

"We know people travel long distances to see relatives and friends so it's important that motorists are aware of the common risk factors - distraction and inattention, speeding, drink and drug driving, fatigue, and not wearing seat belts," Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

"One fatality on our roads is one too many, so I implore drivers to play it safe when out and about on the state's roads.

"Drive to the conditions, leave enough space between you and the car in front, ensure you're well rested, put your seatbelt on and do not get behind the wheel after drinking.

"If you don't heed the warnings then you are not only endangering your own life, but the lives of those in the vehicle with you, and other motorists.

"Christmas is a time of festive joy filled with family and friends enjoying each other's company and we want to make sure all Queenslanders arrive at their destination safe and sound.

"Rest assured, police will be out in force with a visible presence on the state's roads enforcing the road rules to keep everyone safe during the holiday season."

In 2014, four people died on the state's roads over the Christmas holiday period, with 318 people injured as a result of serious crashes.

So far this year, 236 lives have been lost in traffic crashes in Queensland.

Phase Two commenced at 12.01am Wednesday December 23 and concludes at 11.59pm on Sunday January 3, 2016.

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