Easter school holidays: Beware the wet roads

RACQ is echoing the warning by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) that wet conditions will be the biggest threat on the State’s roads over the Easter school holidays.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie has served as a stark reminder that wet and flooded roads are a real danger to all motorists.

RACQ’s Renee Smith said the Easter road safety campaign by the QPS is a message that should be heard across the State, especially with extra children around.

“We’ve had tremendous amounts of rain recently, so wet road conditions are a real concern for us as we head towards Easter,” Ms Smith said.

“We’re urging people to drive to road conditions and to check traffic and travel information via QLDTraffic before heading off on any sort of journey.

“The number of children out on the streets will be dramatically increased and motorists should be aware of this. We don’t want any unnecessary incidents and if we can learn anything from the recent storm, it’s that wet roads are incredibly hazardous.

“It’s likely some roads will be closed for many weeks so we’re calling on anyone planning on driving to make sure the path is clear as no-one wants to get stranded.

“We want safety to be the top of everyone’s list during these holidays and people should remember that even one fatality, is one too many.”

The QPS traffic operation will be conducted from Friday 31 March until Friday 21 April and incorporate the Easter long weekend, with school resuming on Tuesday 18 April.

On announcing the safety campaign, Police Minister Mark Ryan said dangerous road conditions had been created from a week of severe weather across the State.

“Our clear message is always – if it’s flooded, forget it! If you do have to travel, always have a ‘Plan B’ of alternative routes to take in case roads are flooded or closed,” Minister Ryan said.