Police boost highway patrols

KEEP ALERT: Road Policing Command is using 108 marked and six unmarked motorcycles for patrols on the Bruce, Cunningham and Warrego highways. Photo: Queensland Police Service
KEEP ALERT: Road Policing Command is using 108 marked and six unmarked motorcycles for patrols on the Bruce, Cunningham and Warrego highways. Photo: Queensland Police Service

POLICE are patrolling the Bruce, Warrego and Cunningham highways in boosted numbers to make sure drivers keep safe this festive season.

More than 220 people have been killed on Queensland roads since the beginning of the year, with Operation Papa Guardian launched on December 1 to ensure motorists avoided the Fatal Five.

Deputy Commissioner Bob Gee said Road Policing Command, which would use 108 marked and six unmarked motorcycles for patrols, had been equipped with improved uniform jackets and high visibility bike markings to make sure drivers could see them.

“Being highly visible deters offences, realigns driver attention and provides for a safe environment on our road networks,” he said.

He said the operation would soon be followed by Queensland Police Service’s Christmas road safety campaign.

Motorists, watch out for the Fatal Five:

1. Distraction and inattention

2. Speeding

3. Drink and drug driving

4. Failure to wear a seatbelt 

5. Driving while fatigued