- Thursday 24 March 2016
Mayor Mark Jamieson and Queensland Police Sunshine Coast District Superintendent Darryl Johnson today urged residents and visitors to the Coast to keep safety, patience and respect in the forefront of their minds ahead of the Easter break.
Mayor Jamieson said a relatively incident-free Australia Day had set a great example for the local community that he hoped would be followed over the next four days.
“Easter is a very special time of the year, and also one of our busiest on the Sunshine Coast as holidaymakers come to experience everything that we have to offer,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“We want everyone in our community to enjoy their Easter break, have a great time with their family and friends and to support our local businesses which are at the heart of our economy.
“At all times, and especially over the holidays, it’s important that we always show respect for each other and not put ourselves or anyone else in danger with our actions.
“Please be patient if the roads are little bit busier than usual, or if there’s a wait for a taxi, and don’t take any risks by drinking and driving.”
As part of the Easter campaign, council will be handing out copies of the brochure “Are you really ok to drive” at licensed premises in Mooloolaba, Ocean Street and Caloundra.
It includes information on what is a standard drink, advice on how alcohol affects drivers, how to minimise the risk of drink-driving and ways you can plan ahead to get home safely.
District Officer Superintendent Darryl Johnson said police, as always, were prepared for a busy Easter on the Sunshine Coast.
“We live in one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations and that means a large influx of visitors from right across the country will descend on the coast to celebrate Easter here,” Superintendent Johnson said.
“Easter is always busy on our region’s roads and this year will be no exception. Last year, Queensland recorded the highest Easter road toll since seasonal records began in 1992 – we do not want a repeat of that tragedy.
“Police will be out in force right across the Sunshine Coast targeting the fatal five and other bad driver behaviour including speeding, driving tired, driving without a seat belt, drink and drug driving and using mobile phones behind the wheel.
“Our officers could be anywhere, anytime. We will not hesitate to take action against drivers putting their lives and the lives of other innocent people at risk.”
Superintendent Johnson said police would also be focused on ensuring people could enjoy a safe night out on the Sunshine Coast over Easter.
“No doubt people will be taking advantage of the long weekend and many will be out with friends and family having a few drinks,” Superintendent Johnson said.
“We will be conducting proactive patrols of the Safe Night Precincts in Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore and will not tolerate any kind of violent or anti-social behaviour.
“Queenslanders know all too well from recent tragedies that one punch is all it takes to seriously injure or kill someone. We’re asking everyone who is out over the long weekend to take it easy while drinking, look after your mates and keep your cool.
“Ultimately we just want everyone to have a safe and happy Easter.”
Tips for a safe Easter long weekend
- If you are drinking, don’t let your level of intoxication make you a perpetrator or a victim of crime.
- Do not consume alcohol in a public place – police can issue on the spot fines for this offence.
- Make appropriate transport plans, don’t drink and drive and risk your family and friends’ lives.
- Stay safe and watch your mates, if you find yourself in a threatening situation – walk away.
- Drive to the appropriate road conditions.
- If you find yourself in a threatening situation or see a crime in progress call triple zero.
- If you observe suspicious behaviour report it to police through Policelink on 131 444.
- If you have information that would assist in solving a crime call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.