Police warn drivers to behave or cop the consequences
POLICE will be out in force on Sunshine Coast roads, Fraser Island and Double Island Point over the Christmas-New Year break to manage behaviour of holidaying drivers.
Nambour Road Policing Unit officer-in-charge Shane Panoho said police were expecting huge traffic movements from midday on Christmas Day as people move about catching up with friends and relatives and then on Boxing Day as visitors flooded into the region.
Sen Sgt Panoho said police would have a great number of resources on all major roads and throughout towns to ensure motorists could travel safely during the holiday period.
He said the fatal five of speed, seatbelts, drug and alcohol, fatigue and driver distraction would be enforced.
"The infrastructure is going to be overworked," Sen Sgt Panoho said.
"Drivers need to plan their trips, take regular breaks and be courteous.
"Being five minutes or half an hour late won't ruin your holiday."
Police will be on the beach at Double Island Point and Fraser Island from Boxing Day and will be alcohol and drug testing drivers.
Sen Sgt Panoho urged drivers to obey speed limits and roads rules that applied equally on the beach.
He warned that holidaying youngsters did not appreciate the beach was effectively a roadway and said it was up to drivers to remain constantly alert.
"Motorists will come into contact with police anywhere and at any time," Sen Sgt Panoho said.
"Driver behaviour and speed will be enforced.
"Police will be using both laser devices and speed cameras."
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"Check updates and warnings, ensure you have access to ensure you will be safe.
"Listen when we say, 'don't go there'.
"If you don't heed the warning, we may not be able to guarantee your safety.
"Drivers should show patience and be considerate, so everyone gets to see loved ones this year.
"We want everyone to get home safely and that you get no Christmas cards from us with a nice photo of your car showing the speed you were doing."