Warwick police expect busy Easter
IF WARWICK police officers get a break this Easter to indulge in chocolate it will be a short one.
For the next ten days, officers will be out on our streets and highways playing their part in the Easter Road Safety Campaign.
For Warwick Police’s acting senior sergeant Shane Reid, this holiday period remains one of the high-risk times on local roads.
“The increased volume of traffic during Easter always increases the risk of traffic accidents,” he said.
“We need people to know there will be an increased traffic presence across our region.
“Police officers will be focusing on enforcing speed, seatbelts, drink driving and fatigue.”
Easter, like Christmas, was one of the busiest periods for those in the law enforcement line of duty, he said.
“It is definitely one of those times when our focus is on being out and about, as opposed to home with our friends and families,” Snr Sgt Reid said.
“But it is all about enforcing road safety.”
A total of 128 people have died on Queensland roads during the Easter break during the past six years, according to Queensland’s Department of Transport and Infrastructure.
Snr Sgt Reid said the sobering statistics were reflected in the rise of traffic accidents during the same period on Warwick roads.
He warned motorists to drive safely and adjust driving speeds to road conditions.
“There are a significant number of road work sites in our region and people need to be aware and obey the reduce speed limits in those areas,” Snr Sgt Reid said.
“A lot of roads sustained damage during recent weather events so motorists need to drive with that in mind.
“They also need to know we will be out and about doing random breath testing.”
Queensland Water Police’s senior sergeant Warren Francis also warned local boating enthusiasts to play by the rules, while using all major dams and water courses across the Southern Downs.
Snr Sgt Francis said water police in conjunction with local officers would conduct patrols at Leslie, Coolmunda and Glenlyon dams during the Easter break.
He said officers would target alcohol and other offences on the water as well as unsocial behaviour and alcohol-related offences at the recreation areas.
“Boat operators need to remember rules relating to alcohol consumption on the water reflect those for roads.”