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Queensland Police says drunk drivers ‘on notice’ over holiday period

The Queensland Police Service has launched 'Operation Mistletoe', with the hope of creating safer roads in the state over the holidays.

The Queensland Police Service says it is putting drunk drivers “on notice” across the holiday season, launching a new road safety campaign this week.

‘Operation Mistletoe’ will see the police roll out a number of traffic enforcement operations across December and January, with an increased focus on road users driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Extra officers will be out on the state’s highways and road networks to ensure that the roads are as safe as they can be.

Acting assistant commissioner Chris Stream says that all road users need to ensure they are making the best decisions possible across the Christmas period.

“Too many lives have been lost on our roads as a direct result of someone selfishly making the wrong decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” he says.

“We have rolling police operations planned across the road networks where officers will be conducting random breath tests, drug tests, speed detection and general road enforcement.

“Expect to see us anywhere, anytime.”

Originally slated to start later in the month, Operation Mistletoe has been brought forward a week in order to align with the increased amount of end-of-year celebrations across the workforce.

More than 20 per cent of road fatalities in Queensland are linked to drink driving, with 251 people losing their lives on the road in the state this year.

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