Queensland Police will launch Operation Spring Break 2016 over the school holidays. Photo: Contributed
Queensland Police will launch Operation Spring Break 2016 over the school holidays. Photo: Contributed

Police to blitz Queensland roads

QUEENSLAND police will conduct a statewide blitz over the school holidays in an attempt to keep people alive.

Police Minister Bill Byrne and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart announced the start of Operation Spring Break 2016.

Police say 168 people have died on Queensland roads so far this year.

Commissioner Stewart said police would be targeting speeding, impaired driving, seatbelts, fatigue, distracted driving, defective vehicles and other road safety-related offences.

"Across these school holidays, police will maintain a highly visible presence on Queensland's highways and roads,” he said.

"This is a statewide community issue and our police need everyone's support to stop people being killed or seriously injured on our roads,” Commissioner Stewart said.

"Drivers can ensure they are doing their part every time they get behind the wheel when they stick to the speed limit, do not drive tired, do not drive drunk or inhibited by drugs, wear their seatbelt and ensure their full attention is on the road.”

Mr Byrne said more traffic was on Queensland roads during school holidays, leading to a greater risk of crashes.

Police operations in 2015's September-October school holidays detected 1083 drink drivers and issued more than 1157 infringement notices for use of mobile phones.

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