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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

4,000 drivers made “poor decisions” over Easter long weekend

Queensland Police say more than 4,000 motorists made poor decisions on the state’s roads over the Easter long weekend.

Six people have lost their lives and 135 individuals have been injured as a result of crashes around the state.

Speeding accounted for around half of the total number of infringements issued with 2,409 speeding drivers detected.

A total of 219 drug drivers and 228 drink drivers were detected.

Infringements were also issued for not wearing a seatbelt (113) and using a mobile phone (48), bringing the total to 4,742 offences.

Around 25% of the total number of offences were detected across the state’s Central Region incorporating the Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Capricornia and Wide Bay areas.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Ray Rohweder expressed disappointment in driver behaviour over Easter, noting the significant number of lives lost and injuries sustained as a result of serious crashes.

“Motorists need to understand making good decisions on our roads, counts,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Rohweder said.

“Your decisions have a direct consequence on your life and those around you.

“Police are out on our roads detecting offences.

“We continue to target areas based on trends and analysis in driver behaviours.

“People can expect police to be anywhere at any time.”

He said Police would continue to target poor driver behaviours throughout the school holiday period as we work to reduce trauma on our roads.

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