Mayor joins police to kick off Christmas Road Safety Campaign
  • Friday 09 December 2016
Mayor and emergency services

Sunshine Coast motorists can expect extra police on the roads from today as the Christmas Road Safety Campaign moves into gear across the State in the lead up to the festive season.

Sunshine Coast District Officer Superintendent Darryl Johnson and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson  urged residents and visitors to the Coast to stay safe, be patient and show respect to everyone in the community in the Christmas and New Year period.

Mayor Jamieson said Christmas is a very special time of year and also one of our busiest on the Sunshine Coast as holidaymakers come to experience everything that our region has to offer.

“We want everyone to enjoy their Christmas break, have a great time with their family and friends and to support our local businesses which are at the heart of our economy,” Mayor Jamieson said.

Superintendent Johnson said with the holiday period approaching, local police will be rolling out a series of targeted operations.

“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 Christmas and New Year here,” Superintendent Johnson said.

“We want to ensure everyone has a happy and safe festive season and not one tarnished by road trauma.

“Over the Christmas and school holiday period, police will be out in force targeting drivers putting themselves and other road users at risk by breaking the law.

“Officers will be conducting random alcohol and drug testing for drivers, undertaking both covert and overt speed enforcement strategies in high-risk zones while maintaining a highly visible presence throughout the campaign.”

Mayor Jamieson asked motorists to be patient if the roads are a little busier than usual and don’t take the risk by drinking and driving.

“As we’ve seen this week, we are in the middle of storm season so you need to always remember to be very careful on the roads, don’t take unnecessary risks and take shelter if you’re outdoors,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Tragically, 33 people died and more than 2,000 people were injured on Queensland roads during the last year’s Christmas Road Safety Campaign.

“We urge everyone to consider the Fatal Five contributing factors to road fatalities when getting behind the wheel of their vehicle.

“These include speeding, drink and drug driving, failing to wear a seatbelt, driving tired and being distracted such as using a mobile phone while driving.”

The 2016/17 Christmas Road Safety Campaign is being conducted between December 9 to January 27 and incorporates the lead up to Christmas, over the New Year’s break, Australia Day weekend and back to school week.