Police urge caution as holidaymakers head home after Easter weekend in gloomy conditions

DRIVE SAFE: Lots of Redlanders will be heading home from their weekend break in the rain.
DRIVE SAFE: Lots of Redlanders will be heading home from their weekend break in the rain.

POLICE are urging motorists to drive to conditions this afternoon with bad weather expected to impact those heading home after the Easter long weekend.

It comes after thousands of drivers copped fines over the long weekend for offences including speeding and drink driving.

By midnight on April 4, police had issued 98 fines for drivers and passengers not wearing their seatbelts and 45 fines for drivers using their mobile phones.

Officers also issued 2038 speeding fines and caught 392 drivers drink or drug driving.

Chief Superintendent Road Policing Command, Ray Rohweder said wet roads and low visibility added an extra risk for motorists.

"Whether it's a 60, 80 or 100 km/h zone, the speed limit is the absolute maximum a motorist should travel in dry conditions, let alone when the roads are wet and weather conditions make driving even more difficult," he said.

"Put away your phone, make sure you are well rested, wear your seatbelt and don't speed - they are simple measures every driver and every passenger should take, but measures that can so easily mean the difference between life and death."

Police encouraged motorists to share the driving where possible and rest every two hours for at least 15 minutes.