HOLIDAY DRIVING: Constable Mick Gray conducting a breathalyser test at Gin Gin rest stop.
HOLIDAY DRIVING: Constable Mick Gray conducting a breathalyser test at Gin Gin rest stop. Paul Donaldson BUN121216POL3

Rest up to reduce toll this holiday season

MOTORISTS have been reminded about the importance of taking regular stops while driving during these holidays.

Police were on hand at the driver reviver stop just north of Gin Gin yesterday, encouraging motorists to stop and take a break to make sure they arrive at their destination.

Bundaberg police Constable Mick Gray said the spot on the Bruce Hwy was manned by Lions volunteers and drivers could stop, stretch their legs and grab a quick cuppa before heading on.

"Plan your trip, if the kids are getting a bit fidgety then pull over, have a look around,” he said.

"If the kids want to stop for a toilet break, make that your fatigue break as well because fatigue is one of the fatal five.”

Const Gray said drivers were asked to pledge their commitment to ending the fatal five and he urged everyone to think about all road users and those family members waiting for you to arrive safely.

"If you're travelling, think about other people on the road, if you're travelling with family, slow down and just get there safely,” he said.

"You don't want to remember Christmas by the death of a family member.”

Police will be out in force and Const Gray said there would be no tolerance shown to those ignoring the road rules.

"Having a licence is a privilege and doing something stupid on the road is going to cost you a fine that could be spent on things for your holiday,” he said.

"Just taking your eyes off the road for a moment is enough to travel 100m and that's enough to put you off the road or into the path of another car.”

The QPS have more eyes on the road with five motorcycles on patrol with a unique Fatal Five design.

Each is marked with one of the Fatal Five messages: speeding, failure to wear seatbelts, fatigue, driving affected by alcohol or drugs and driving distracted.

These motorcycles will support the Fatal Five message around Queensland as they are used for marked police patrols, speed detection activities and random breath and drug testing operations.

Police will be out in force during the Christmas and New Year period, conducting a number of operations throughout the state these school holidays, with a strong warning: if you ignore the road rules it's only a matter of time before you are caught.



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