Secret spies on roads this Easter

DRIVERS may not even know what hit them if they do the wrong thing on the roads this Easter, with hidden speed cameras at secret locations and every available police officer and vehicle – marked and unmarked – out on the roads and beaches of the Gympie Region over the long weekend.

And not just the Gympie Region – police and transport authorities have warned that people driving anywhere in Queensland over the Easter break will be subject to intense police observation and enforcement.

Police warned media organisations this week not to publish any information about or pictures illustrating Queensland's first covert speed camera operation.

The operation, already underway, will run until April 7.

The police media black-out warning offered an opportunity on April 8 to obtain “internal and external vision and images of a covert speed camera vehicle”.

“During the seven-day operation all media will be provided with daily updates for publication on the results and locations of covert speed cameras from the previous 24-hour period,” the statement from Police Media said.

IN a special plea for drivers to get themselves and their families there and back safely, Gympie District superintendent Alan Bourke said Easter is traditionally a busy time on the roads.

“It's also a time when we have a lot of accidents and fatalities,” he said.

“Police are mindful of this and we'll have as many police on the road as possible to get people home safely.

“If people do the wrong thing, there's a fair chance they'll be detected.

“There will be a constant police presence on all roads and beaches,” he said.

“All we are asking is that people drive responsibly and obey the road rules.

“We urge people to plan their trip so they don't drive tired and they don't become impatient.

“Be mindful of fellow road users and apply to them the courtesy you would expect yourself.

“We'll be targeting the Fatal Four – speeding, seat belts, fatigue and alcohol and drugs.

“The last thing we want to do is to deliver a message to a family telling them that one of their loved ones has been killed or seriously hurt.

“If you're a passenger in a car and the driver seems tired or is doing the wrong thing, don't just sit there – speak up for your own sake.

“And don't be afraid to stop for a short break if you're getting tired,” he said.

Ambos and fireys joined the call for drivers to remain cool, calm and collected, especially in the event of an accident.

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