The Road Toll Comparison That Will Make You Think Twice
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart is hoping for a repeat of the zero-fatality Easter break as police begin their road safety campaign for the school holidays.
As thousands of students savour the beginning of their two-week break on Friday, Commissioner Stewart pleaded with drivers to take seriously their responsibility behind the wheel.
The 2016 Easter period was the first time in 20 years that Queensland recorded zero fatalities for that time of year, and police are going to continue their vigorous holiday operations.
"We're going to be focusing on a whole range of offences out there," Mr Stewart said.
"Our strategies will mirror those offences, meaning that we are certainly after inattention, fatigue, failure to wear seatbelts, impaired driving - so that's both alcohol, (and) substance."
Police Minister Bill Byrne said he was amazed at how frequently he saw drivers using their mobile phones.
The state's road toll stands at 169 - four more than the same time last year.
"If we had these sorts of number of people being taken from us by terrorist activity, we'd have martial law in this state," Mr Byrne said.