Queensland police minister adds voice to road safety message

With the busy holiday season fast approaching, across the country authorities are urging motorists to take care and drive safely this Christmas.

Earlier this week, the Victorian police force has emphasised the importance of taking responsibility for your own driving, noting that nearly 250 people had already lost their lives on Victorian streets so far in 2012.

Now Queensland police minister Jack Dempsey has issued his own warning to motorists, requesting that they follow the Fatal Four road rules in order to keep themselves and others safe.

"The most important part of being a driver is to ensure that everyone gets to their destination safely," said Mr Dempsey, in a statement issued November 20.

"I ask that all motorists obey all road rules and keep the Fatal Four in their mind - do not speed, do not drive tired, do not drive drunk and wear a seatbelt."

If you are a fleet manager concerned about the wellbeing of your organisation's employees, it may be a good idea to pass on Mr Dempsey's message to your drivers.

Police commissioner Ian Stewart has backed up the minister's advice, whilst also warning drivers that the police will be out in force over the coming weeks as part of November's Operation Q-Blitz initiative.

"We are trying to send a message to drivers ahead of the busy Christmas period that ignoring the fatal four factors can not only endanger your life, but the lives of passengers and other road users,” said commissioner Stewart.

According to Mr Dempsey, more than 4,000 speed camera offences were detected throughout Queensland during week two of Operation Q-Blitz.

Furthermore, nearly 740 speeding offences were detected without cameras, while many drivers were also fined for seat belt offences and the use of mobile phones.

While many motorists may be frustrated at receiving these infringements, they remain an important part of ensuring safer driving behaviour in Queensland and throughout the rest of Australia.

One way in which your organisation might look to streamline infringement management in its fleet is through investing in fleet services, which can manage any outstanding fines and warrants in order to ensure vehicles are not kept off the road any longer than they need be.