It’s not often that we take the time to report on nothing happening, but in this case, we’ll make an exception.
We just had the safest Easter on the state’s roads in 20 years, and the Queensland Police Service is pretty chuffed about it, to be honest.
“Last year we saw the worst Easter on our roads since seasonal records began in 1992. Thankfully this year, it’s a different story,” says Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating.
“The last time we had no one die on Queensland roads over Easter was in 1996 — so in that respect, this year was our best Easter over twenty years.
“But that doesn’t mean we can become complacent. We are now entering phase 2 of the campaign which coincides with school holidays. The roads will be busier than usual, so we all still need to take extreme care.”
Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. Although no-one died this year, 147 people were injured in 110 crashes across the state.
“While we’ve seen encouraging results over the long weekend, there are still families whose lives have been changed forever with loved ones seriously injured in crashes,” Assistant Commissioner Keating says.
“We have continued our focus on the fatal five – including impairment. Over the last 18 months an additional 350 officers are have been trained to perform roadside drug tests – that has seen 205 drivers detected with an illicit substance in their system, up from 55 last year.
“Overall, fewer drivers have also been caught speeding – with a significant decrease in the number of fixed speed camera detections down about thirty per cent. That’s important, as today is the second day of our dedicated speed campaign. 800 pieces of speed measuring equipment are out on roads across the state.
“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable school holiday period.”
So, there you have it — a (mostly) good news story about the Easter road toll. Let’s hope we see an even better one next year.