Heidi Costello

Arrive safely this festive season

DEPUTY Commissioner Ian Stewart has urged motorists to drive safely and keep the road toll down in the lead-up to Christmas.

Queensland's road toll stands at 210 which is 11 more than the same time last year.

"It is always a tragedy when anyone loses their lives on Queensland roads," Deputy Commissioner Stewart said.

Last year, motorists, Queensland police officers and the general community contributed to limiting the road toll to 249, which was the lowest rate of road deaths in Queensland since records have been kept.

"Road safety is a huge challenge for all of us. Ongoing inter-agency and whole-of-Government approaches and strategies aim to lower the road toll each year," Deputy Commissioner Stewart said.

"I ask everyone to remind their families and their community of the need for safe road use, driving safe vehicles at safe speeds and to generally encourage safer behaviour to reduce the number of people killed on our roads."

Police will increase their focus on recognised road safety programs over the coming summer months, including speed detection, failure to wear seat belts and impaired driving, including drink and drug driving and driving while tired, to ensure the safety of all road users.

"With only two months left until the end of year, I would like to remind everyone of the importance of reducing the road toll as each and every fatal is one too many," Deputy Commissioner Stewart said.

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