Deadly weekend a timely reminder these school holidays: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has urged families to remain vigilant behind the wheel during the second week of school holidays, following the deaths of four people on Queensland roads at the weekend.

The Forensic Crash Unit was investigating collisions at Hatton Vale, Proserpine, Vernor and Murphy’s Creek, which resulted in the deaths of three men and a woman.

The State’s road toll now sits at 130 – six higher than this time last year.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said all motorists needed to take responsibility for the safety of themselves and others when behind the wheel.

“During school holidays we often see more people than usual using our regional roads and often travelling in areas unfamiliar to them,” Ms Hunter said.

“Before you leave home, think about your journey –  where you’re going to stop, when you’re going to leave, and if there are any changed road conditions to be aware of.”

Police advised they would make their presence felt on Queensland roads through Operation Cold Snap, and would target drivers who showed signs of the ‘Fatal Five’ – drink and drug driving, distraction, fatigue, failing to wear a seatbelt, and speeding.

“These are the leading causes of death and serious injury on our roads at all times of the year, not just during the school holidays,” Ms Hunter said.

“Don’t let carelessness get in the way of what should be a joyful time of year – get the basics right, and ensure you get home safely this week.”