Slow down, you’re meant to be on holiday, okay?

WITH the Easter holiday break approaching, drivers are being reminded to slow down.

Hervey Bay State MP Ted Sorensen said the extra-long weekend traditionally meant more cars, caravans and holiday makers would be using the roads.

"On Monday, new road safety television advertisements will start across Queensland focusing on low-level speeding," he said.

"Many people are unaware that around half of all speed-related crashes, resulting in injuries or fatalities, happened at just 10kmh or less over the speed limit.

"This year we're really trying to emphasise that every extra kilometre you speed more than the designated limit could cause harm or damage to others on the road.

"Speeding to shave a few minutes off your journey time could lead to consequences that last a lifetime."

Residents have also been urged to think of the Fatal Five and drive safely in the lead-up to Fatality Free Friday on May 30.

Member for Maryborough, Anne Maddern said Fatality Free Friday is a great chance for the community to take responsibility for their driving behaviour.

"Queensland's road toll is 24 below (as at April 1) what it was this time last year, however, every death on our roads is a tragedy," Mrs Maddern said.

"We want to drive down the road toll even further which is why I will be making the pledge to drive safely not just on May 30 but every other day of the year.

"This campaign is about making a personal commitment to road safety."

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said as part of the campaign Queenslanders will have the opportunity to sign an inflatable car.

"Similar to last year, inflatable cars will tour the state and I'm encouraging all Queenslanders to pledge their support for Fatality Free Friday," Mr Emerson said.

"This year people will also receive a Fatality Free Friday key to put on their key ring as a constant reminder of their personal road safety pledge.

"We are working hard to drive down the road toll through campaigns like this as well as our Join the Drive campaign and investment in getting more police on the beat."

All Queenslanders are encouraged to make their pledge, either by signing one of the inflatable cars touring the state, or online at fatalityfreefriday.com.



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