Drivers distracted by mobile phones will be the key target with police today launching its Winter School Holidays traffic blitz across the region.
QPS’ Road Policing Command says the three-week campaign, Operation Cold Snap 2017 will see a bigger Police presence on our roads and they’ll be tough on phone users, driver distraction as well as speeding, seat belt use, drink and drug driving and fatigue.
Police say the winter school holiday period can be a busy time on local roads and highways, especially with people travelling long distances to and from holiday destinations in relatively short time frames and with the kick in of the winter tourist parade.
Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said police will be focusing on driver inattention and the inappropriate use of mobile phones whilst driving.
“Any moment your attention is not on the road you are putting yourself, your passengers and other road users at risk,” Mobile phones are a major cause of driver inattention. Our message is simple – don’t use your phone while driving unless you have a suitable hands-free device.”
“If you must use your phone, pull over safety before you touch it. Nothing is more important than your life or the lives of other motorists.”
Assistant Commissioner Keating says the school holidays should be a safe time for Queensland families on the road.
“The last thing we want is people and families dealing with the trauma of a serious or fatal crash, caused by one of the fatal five.”
971 motorists were fined for using their mobile phone whilst driving during Operation Cold Snap 2016.
$365 and 3 demerit points is the penalty for using your mobile phone whilst driving (including when you’re stopped at traffic lights) and remember, double demerit points apply for second or subsequent mobile phone offences committed within 1 year after an earlier offence.