Gold Coast Police issue urgent Easter road safety reminder

As the Easter holiday approaches, Gold Coast police are intensifying their road safety operations to remind motorists of the importance of safe driving.

Troy McLachlan, Sergeant – Gold Coast District Highway Patrol, emphasises the critical nature of these operations, stating that they serve as an essential reminder that police presence can be expected “anywhere, anytime.”

“The current number of lives lost on Gold Coast roads is higher than last year. There have been 3 people who have lost their lives in traffic crashes so far this March compared to 2 deaths at the same time last year. Any death is one death too many.

“We want to do everything we can to prevent that number from rising, especially as we approach the Easter holidays when road traffic typically increases,” he said.

The message to motorists is clear: your decisions on the road have significant consequences.

“No matter where you are on the roads, drivers must remember that their decisions count. Watch your speed, don’t drive under the influence, take regular breaks if you’re travelling for long periods, don’t use your phone and wear your seatbelt,” said Sergeant McLachlan.

He also issued a stark warning to those contemplating driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“If you drink, drive, or drug drive, you will be charged, you will go before a court, and you will lose your licence.”

As road safety continues to be a top priority for police, they urge all drivers to exercise responsibility on the roads.

“Please drive responsibly and keep yourself, your passengers, and all other road users safe,” Sergeant McLachlan said.

Police are committed to ensuring the safety of all road users and will be vigilantly monitoring roads to enforce road safety laws this Easter season.

Body worn camera vision from a recent road safety operation is available here.

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