Queensland police out in force this Easter

Queensland motorists heading out for a long weekend holiday have been warned to watch their speed and drive with care, lest they be targeted with heavy fines.

Police minister Jack Dempsey says that the Queensland police will be out in force right across the Sunshine State enforcing the road rules and keeping citizens safe.

"This year’s road toll has already reached a worrying high of 70 - 15 more deaths on Queensland roads compared to the same time last year," said Mr Dempsey in a statement issued March 28.

"This is unacceptable and I put a challenge out to all drivers in the coming days to make the Easter break fatality free."

If you are a Queensland fleet manager it may be worthwhile reminding your drivers of the Fatal Five factors of poor driving - speeding, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, inattention and fatigue - before they head out onto the roads this weekend.

According to Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) commissioner Russell Bowles, paramedics in Queensland attended to 949 road traffic crashes during the 2012 Easter School Holiday period.

He has urged motorists to drive with care to make sure that all luggage and other equipment in their vehicle is properly secured.

"If you are confronted with an emergency, call Triple Zero (000) immediately," he said. 

However there is also good news for Queensland drivers looking to avoid congestion and minimise car fuel consumption this weekend, as the government has announced that all lanes on the Pacific Motorway previously allocated T2 are now free from restrictions.

Transport and main roads minister Scott Emerson says that removing the under-utilised lanes was a "common sense and cost-effective solution" to reduce traffic and maximise use of this road.

"By converting T2 lanes into general traffic lanes, it will also provide the extra space to add an additional lane in each direction," said Mr Emerson in a statement released March 28.



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