Police focus on fatal five over Easter holiday period

QUEENSLAND police will once again focus on the most common killers on state roads over the Easter holiday period.

This year's Easter road safety operation will hone in on the fatal five, which include speeding, drink and drug driving, fatigue, inattention and seat belt use.

The Easter holiday period is traditionally a busy time on the roads with people often travelling long distances to and from their holidays in short time frames.

Fatigue often plays a part in these journeys so drivers are being urged to take regular breaks.

Across last year's Easter period there were three fatal traffic crashes and 150 injury crashes.

Police conducted 111,318 breath tests with 434 drink drivers returning a positive reading.

Out of 861 drug tests conducted state-wide, 40 drug drivers were detected.

Police found 19,662 motorists to be speeding while 259 seat belts offences and 287 mobile phone offences occurred.

Police commissioner Ian Stewart is calling for the support of the Queensland public to exercise safe road behaviours over Easter.

"In 2014 the road toll in Queensland was 223, which was the lowest since records began," he began.

"So far in 2015 the road toll currently stands at 44, which is two less than the same time last year.

"The decrease in the road toll over the past five years shows that individuals can make a difference. 

"If individual drivers pay attention, don't speed and drive to the conditions, lives will be saved."



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