Easter traffic woes to put brakes on choccy eggs

The State’s peak motoring body has warned drivers to prepare for a slow and frustrating journey to their destinations as thousands of families hit the road today ahead of the Easter long weekend.

Traffic on the Pacific Highway at Mudgeeraba

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said holiday traffic and congestion was expected to impact the M1 (southbound) and the Bruce Highway (northbound) as thousands headed away for the four day break.

“It’s going to be chaotic on our roads, with the traffic drama expected from as early as midday on Thursday,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Along with all those Easter eggs, you’ll need to pack your patience too as journeys could take far longer than usual.”

Ms Ritchie said road works on the Bruce Highway at the Sunshine Coast and changed speed limits on the M1 could slow the traffic situation further.

“With these changed traffic conditions drivers will need to pay extra attention to what they’re doing while driver,” she said.

“Remember, those phone calls can wait – it’s more important you and your family get to your destination safely.”

Ms Ritchie said Easter was one of the most dangerous times to be on the road and RACQ warned car crashes happened when drivers ignored the Fatal Five.

“We’ve already seen our road toll rise by around 10 percent compared with the same time last year, with more than 57 lives lost. Every driver has a responsibility to slow down, wear seat belts and not be distracted, drunk or too tired when behind the wheel.”