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Police cars designed to be noticed

New “fatal four” cars will be on the roads in enforcement operations over the Christmas and New Year Safety campaign.
New “fatal four” cars will be on the roads in enforcement operations over the Christmas and New Year Safety campaign. Contributed

THEY’RE black, sleek and designed to be noticed. And they’re the latest additions to the Queensland Police Service, with the ultimate goal of keeping people safe on the road this holiday season.

The new police vehicles which highlight the “fatal four” will headline the Christmas Road Safety Campaign in operation from tomorrow to January 28.

The high visibility vehicles are emblazoned with four white crosses that represent the four biggest killers on Queensland roads – speed, alcohol, fatigue, and not wearing a seatbelt.

Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said in 2009 alcohol was involved in 71 fatalities which accounted for 21.5 per cent of the Queensland road toll. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said while Queensland was on track for a much lower toll this year, the Christmas break was traditionally the worst time of year for road fatalities.

“It is every Queenslander’s duty to drive responsibly on our roads for their own sake as well as the sake of their family and the wider community,” Ms Bligh said.

Police Minister Neil Roberts said Queensland Police would have a strong presence on roads throughout the holiday break, helped in large part by the newest additions to the QPS vehicle fleet.

The “fatal four” cars, along with Q-Cars, random drug and breath testing, speed cameras and marked and unmarked vehicles will be monitoring roads anytime, anywhere throughout the state over the Christmas campaign and into next year, Mr Roberts said.

Gympie Times

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