Random breath testing.
Random breath testing.

Police do not want to deliver any death messages at Easter

POLICE want people to be safe on the roads this long weekend because they do not want to deliver any death messages at Easter.

There have been 57 lives lost so far on Queensland roads which is a record low 28 less than last year's total.

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett there were four fatalities last Easter from three horrific traffic crashes.

"There is no reason why we can't have a zero fatality Easter long-weekend if everyone pays attention," he said.

Mr Barnett said there had been a reduction this year in the number of fatal traffic crashes and hospitalisations from serious injuries and he wanted it to stay that way.

"That's where the real human cost and tragedy of a lack of attention on roads really hits our community," he said.

"We do not want our police this Easter to be delivering death messages.

"That's entirely avoidable."

Mr Barnett said there would be several 100 officers from road policing command on the roads but it was the responsibility of police statewide to help keep the road toll down.

"Members of the public can be reassured they're be a very strong and visible police presence across the entire state," he said.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the police Easter road safety campaign, Operation Crossroads, would continue until April 28.

"Particularly now with the conclusion of the Easter school holidays where everyone is trying to get home safely, when we've got distractions with our children in our cars or maybe we're a little bit weary from our holidays, please take the time, remember it's not just your life, it could be the life of a loved one or an innocent member of the Queensland community," he said.

"Police are going to be out in force."



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