Stay safe on the roads this Christmas

RACQ has thrown its support behind the Queensland Police Service’s Christmas road safety campaign, Operation Romeo Sleigh, launched today to target the Fatal Five during the holiday period.

Club spokesperson Paul Turner said it was everyone’s responsibility to be safe on the roads this festive season.

“Last year, 13 people lost their lives during the holiday period, making it the worst Christmas road toll in a decade,” Mr Turner said. 

“Every death on our road isn’t just a tragedy, it’s also completely avoidable. Don’t drive tired, drunk or drugged, or distracted. Wear a seatbelt and be sure you save yourself from distraction.

“The best gift you can give this year, and every year, is getting home safely to your family and friends.”

Mr Turner said in total last year, there were 246 deaths on Queensland roads.

“Alarmingly, there were even tens of thousands more injured and their lives will never be the same,” he said.

“Sadly, we know regional roads are over-represented in these statistics, with motorists driving longer distances and spending longer on the roads.

“Take the time this Christmas to think about road safety. Before you head off, commit to making good decisions on the road, it could save your life.”