Gympie Police Traffic Branch Acting Sergeant Chris Watson (pictured) says police will target “the fatal four” over the Easter break.
Gympie Police Traffic Branch Acting Sergeant Chris Watson (pictured) says police will target “the fatal four” over the Easter break. Renee Pilcher

Policing stepped up over Easter

AS families prepare to enjoy their Easter break, Queensland police are stepping up their presence in the region to try and keep everyone safe on the roads.

Operation Austran was under way on Sunday evening at the Six Mile truck layby, on the Bruce Highway south of Gympie, with heavy vehicles and regular vehicles checked for a range of traffic infringements.

Queensland Transport inspectors, traffic police and the police drug-testing unit pulled over a total of 124 vehicles with 60 drug tests performed on Sunday night, Gympie Police Traffic Branch Acting Sergeant Chris Watson said yesterday.

Of those tested, 53 were heavy vehicles and seven were light vehicles with one motorist testing positive for ecstasy and marijuana.

The operation continued yesterday with transport inspectors testing truck log books, weights and lengths and police officers testing for drugs and alcohol.

Sgt Watson reminded drivers that a heavy police presence on the roads, particularly on the Bruce Highway, but extending out to regional and beach areas, would be operating throughout the Easter break.

Police will be targeting the fatal four killers – speeding, driving drunk, driving without wearing a seatbelt and fatigue as well as looking out for unroadworthy vehicles. With Easter traditionally a very high traffic volume period in the Gympie region, Sgt Watson urged motorists to pay particular attention to their driving. “Observe the speed limits and road rules, drive to the road conditions and drive refreshed not fatigued,” he said.

“And it’s important with an increased volume of traffic on the region’s roads for motorists to not become impatient,” he said.

Gympie Times


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