The wreck of the car in which a young woman died after a crash on Bundaberg Bargara Road in the early hours of May 27.
The wreck of the car in which a young woman died after a crash on Bundaberg Bargara Road in the early hours of May 27. Scottie Simmonds

Police: Don't be a road statistic this Christmas

QUEENSLAND police are urging all motorists not to become a statistic when driving on the state's roads during the festive season.

Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said today motorists need to remember the fatal five when they got behind the wheel over the Christmas break.

"This year 259 people have died on Queensland roads, a figure which is far too high," he said.

"This Christmas we want everyone to arrive at their destination safely and we can all do our part by taking care when on the road."

Launching the festive season road safety campaign, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said his officers would be out in force over the Christmas holiday period focusing on the fatal five.

"If you speed, drink drive, do not pay attention, do not wear a seatbelt or drive while tired you will not only be caught by police, but you risk your life and the life of every other road user and that is just not acceptable," he said.

"Unfortunately some drivers take unnecessary risks when using Queensland roads some of which end in disaster.

"The community's safety is our priority and police will continue to target motorists who break the law."

Historically, the Christmas holiday period is one of the worst times of the year for serious road crashes, injuries and deaths.


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