Emergency services on the scene of a fatal traffic accident.
Emergency services on the scene of a fatal traffic accident. Emily Blatchford

Police: Take care on the roads at Christmas

SOUTHERN Downs drivers are being urged to take care and pay attention when travelling these Christmas holidays.

Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey reminded drivers to remember the Fatal Five when they got behind the wheel.

"The Queensland Police Service will be out in force over the Christmas period, targeting all road rules, but specifically the Fatal Five: drink-driving, speeding, driving tired, not wearing a seatbelt and driving distracted," Mr Dempsey said.

"This year 259 people have died on Queensland roads, a figure which is far too high.

"This Christmas we want everyone to arrive at their destination safely and we can all do our part by taking care when on the road."

Mr Dempsey said the State Government was taking action on road safety by revitalising the Queensland Police Service's frontline, as promised at the election.

"We promised Queenslanders an additional 1100 police officers over four years and we want more of them on the beat, not behind desks," he said.

"The Newman government has already delivered more than 500 of those additional officers.

"We're undergoing a major recruitment drive. Ultimately, more police patrolling the streets can only make them safer."



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