The Queensland Police Service and other Emergency Services are urging Queenslanders to drive sensibly and responsibility whilst returning home after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Motorists should take extra care while driving along regional and remote roads, particularly as they may be busier than usual with holiday goers making their way home and preparing to return to work and school.
Police from across the Ipswich District will maintain a high visibility presence on local roads over the holiday period, and will be targeting the Fatal Five: speeding, seatbelts, fatigue, distraction, and drink/drug driving.
Failure to comply with the Fatal Five puts all road users at a higher risk of being involved in a serious or fatal traffic incident.
All motorists need to show patience and take care when overtaking or passing, and maintain at least a two second gap between your car and the vehicle in front of you.
Police want everyone to travel safely on Queensland roads by:
- Resting regularly – for long trips, break for 15 minutes every two hours and share the driving with a family member or friend.
- Obey the speed limits – speeding impairs a driver’s ability to make a sudden stop or react to avoid hazards.
- Think about the time of day – drive with your headlights on low during daylight hours – it can make it easier for oncoming traffic to see you.
- Let family and friends know your travel plans – have a map and if you change your plans, be sure to let someone know.
- Slow down as you approach railway crossings.
- Watch out for wildlife – take care to avoid collisions with native wildlife often seen near roads.
- Beware of soft edges – many country roads have grass or dirt raised edges and be aware that these edges may be soft, muddy or have loose gravel when pulling over.
- Check the weather conditions.
Officers across the Ipswich Police District want you to get home safely this holiday season.
For more information on travelling safely on Queensland roads, visit StreetSmarts.
For information on crime prevention, contact Ipswich District Crime Prevention on 3817 1351 or email [email protected].