Easter holidays fatality free for first time in 20 years

THE Queensland Police Service has thanked Queenslanders for helping to make this Easter the safest on the state's roads in 20 years.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said after last year's tragic holiday period, it was clear that road safety was on everyone's mind.

"Last year we saw the worst Easter on our roads since seasonal records began in 1992. Thankfully this year, it's a different story," Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

"The last time we had no one die on Queensland roads over Easter was in 1996 - so in that respect, this year was our best Easter over 20 years.

"But that doesn't mean we can become complacent. We are now entering phase two of the campaign which coincides with school holidays.

"The roads will be busier than usual, so we all still need to take extreme care."

Assistant Commissioner Keating said although no-one had died this year, 147 people had been injured in 110 crashes across the state.

"While we've seen some encouraging results over the long weekend, there are still families whose lives have been changed forever with loved ones seriously injured in crashes," Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

"We have continued our focus on the fatal five - including impairment.

"Over the last 18 months an additional 350 officers are have been trained to perform roadside drug tests - that has seen 205 drivers detected with an illicit substance in their system, up from 55 last year.

"Overall, fewer drivers have also been caught speeding - with a significant decrease in the number of fixed speed camera detections down about thirty per cent.

"That's important, as today is the second day of our dedicated speed campaign. 800 pieces of speed measuring equipment are out on roads across the state.

"We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable school holiday period."

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