Drive safely to keep road toll in check: Queensland Police

Queensland Police urges motorists to drive safely in the lead-up to Christmas to keep the state's road toll in check

November 3, 2011

Queensland Police is urging motorists to drive safely in the lead-up to Christmas to keep the state’s road toll in check.

Deputy Commissioner Ian Stewart says the police and the community kept the road toll to 249 last year, which was the lowest rate of road deaths in the state since records have been kept.

The road toll currently stands at 210, which is 11 more than the same time last year.

"Road safety is a huge challenge for all of us. Ongoing inter-agency and whole-of-government approaches and strategies aim to lower the road toll each year," Stewart says.

"I ask everyone to remind their families and their community of the need for safe road use, driving safe vehicles at safe speeds and to generally encourage safer behaviour to reduce the number of people killed on our roads."

Police will increase their focus on road safety programs over the coming summer months, including speed detection, failing to wear seatbelts and impaired driving, which ranges from drink and drug driving and driving while tired.

"With only two months left until the end of year, I would like to remind everyone of the importance of reducing the road toll as each and every fatal is one too many," Stewart says.

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