Police launch Operation Romeo Sleigh ahead of festive season

QUEENSLAND Police have launched a road safety campaign to combat the fatal five during the festive season.

Operation Romeo Sleigh will run from Friday, December 13 to Friday, January 31 and target speeding, drink/drug driving, fatigue, seat belt use and driver distraction/inattention.

Road policing command assistant commissioner Mike Keating said the campaign would focus on keeping road users safe over a busy seven-week period.

"This is traditionally a time for family and we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to not only arrive at their holiday destinations safely, but also return to them safely as well," he said.

"This Christmas road safety operation means a state wide traffic policing initiative is in place, designed to reduce serious injury and fatal traffic crashes."

Police will also attend planned events and engage with the community to reinforce the importance of driving safely as more motorists take to the roads for the holiday season.

Police minister Mark Ryan said road safety incidents tended to increase at the end of the year.

"We are asking everyone to take care and make the choice to practise safe driving behaviour when getting behind the wheel," he said.

"When you are stopped for random driver testing for drugs or alcohol, or see officers out and about over the Christmas and New Year period, know that as always, your safety is their priority.

"Whether it's mobile phone use, speeding or driving tired, do the right thing and make sure everyone gets to their destination safely."

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