April 'disappointing for fatals'

POLICE concluded an extensive Anzac Day traffic blitz on Queensland's roads during Wednesday's public holiday.

Initial results indicated injury and fatal traffic crashes were slightly down on last year and there was also a decrease in the number of drink-driving offences.

Since 2007, eight people have been killed on Queensland roads on Anzac Day.

This year one person, a 39-year-old motorbike rider, died following a collision with a car on Cleveland-Redland Bay Rd at Thornlands at 3pm.

State Traffic Support Branch Superintendent Andy Morrow said despite the tragedy of Wednesday's fatal crash, during the past three years there had been an encouraging reduction in the number of injury traffic crashes on Anzac Day.

"Although there was a fall in the number of drink-drivers, some drivers persisted in putting their safety and the safety of others at grave risk," he said.

"In Brisbane's northern suburbs there were at least three traffic crashes involving drivers with the highest category of blood-alcohol readings."

Officers from the Southern Police Region also charged a 60-year-old man after he allegedly recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.237 per cent, almost five times the legal limit, while driving a car.

"April has been a disappointing month for fatal traffic crashes, with almost one road user killed each day so far this month," Supt Morrow said.

Topics:  anzac day, fatal, police



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