Lives lost on Queensland roads reach 50

Fifty people have lost their lives on Queensland roads after just 64 days, compared to 32 lives lost in the same period last year, as police continue to target dangerous behaviours of motorists.

Of the fifty people, 19 motorcyclists have lost their lives compared to six across the same period last year.

Acting Chief Superintendent Ray Rohweder has expressed his disappointment at the lack of responsibility drivers are showing on our roads.

“Every day our officers see people making reckless decisions on our roads,” he said.

“While police are on our roads deterring people from committing offences, it’s up to you to be accountable for your actions.

“Whether it’s making better decisions while driving or preventing your mates from getting behind a wheel, responsibility to make our roads a safer place starts with you.”

It’s not only people taking risks that affect their own lives but also the lives of others.

Just after 6pm on Sunday February 28, a speeding driver was detected on the Ipswich Motorway at Wacol and was intercepted by police.

On closer inspection of the vehicle, a seven-year-old girl was observed wedged behind the passenger seat of a single cab ute.

“It’s this type of behaviour that would have catastrophic consequences if the driver crashed,” Acting Chief Superintendent Rohweder said.

“What makes this exceptionally selfish is the driver took the decision of the girl’s safety out of her hands.”

Police will continue to patrol roads across Queensland to deter dangerous and reckless behaviours on our roads.

Last weekend alone has seen 100 drivers detected for drink driving and 84 detected with drugs in their system.

Since Operation Tango Anaconda commenced on March 1, 1,948 drug tests have been conducted with 297 drivers testing positive.

Officers from the Road Policing Task Force are also conducting enforcement activities across regional roads targeting heavy vehicles, speed, fatigue, drink, drug and distracted driving.

Road safety is everybody’s responsibility – it starts with you.

Ipswich Motorway at Wacol, February 28

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