RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said drivers should be on high alert and slow down as normally quiet suburban streets had transformed into festive wonderlands.
“Exploring local Christmas light displays can be a magical experience for many families, but with extra people in our streets, it can quickly turn into a tragedy,” Ms Hunter said.
“As amazing as some of the displays may be, if you’re driving it’s important to be paying full attention to what’s going on around the roads. If you’re distracted while looking at lights or for parking spaces you mightn’t see a child crossing the road.”
Ms Hunter reminded drivers and pedestrians to be courteous and considerate of others.
“This is a very exciting time for children and road safety won’t necessarily be at the front of their minds, so it’s up to parents and carers to do the thinking for them,” she said.
“We want to avoid a tragedy this Christmas so it’s important everyone follows the road rules, pays attention and is mindful around the increased road traffic.”