Four die on Queensland roads over Easter long weekend

ROAD POLICING: Police were out and about targeting the fatal five over the Easter long weekend.
ROAD POLICING: Police were out and about targeting the fatal five over the Easter long weekend.

THE Queensland Police Service's Easter road safety campaign ended on Monday night, with four people dead and 127 injured over thelong weekend.

The campaign was run between Thursday and Monday and saw increased police presence on Queensland roads targeting high-risk road user behaviours including the fatal five: speeding, fatigue, drink and drug driving, failure to wear a seat belt and driver distraction.

Injuries were down from 233 during last year's campaign, but the death toll remained consistent between 2018 and 2019.

Of 1701 roadside drug tests performed, 16.6 per cent returned positive results.

More than 6000 traffic offences were detected.

During the campaign, QPS released videos featuring paramedics and other emergency services personnel.

In a video, Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant said that Queensland Fire and Emergency Service members were trained to respond to traffic incidents but the events were avoidable.

"If people really took care on the roads, obeyed the road rules, had patience, the amount of these incidents would be far, far fewer which would be wonderful for the fire and rescue and other emergency service responders," Assistant Commissioner Gallant said.

"It's a job that we're trained for but we'd be very happy if we never, ever had to go to another one again."