Police targeting highway killers
By NADINE FISHER
POLICE are calling on motorists to have patience on the roads over the busy Christmas holiday period.
Tweed-Byron Local Area Command Highway Patrol Acting Sergeant Brett Mahaffy said Operation North Roads was already under way and would continue until January 29.
Sgt Mahaffy said plans were in place for the location of RBT sites, heavy vehicle inspections and strategic speed locations.
"We will be targeting speeding vehicles, restraint compliance (seatbelts), drink-driving, fatigue management and heavy vehicle inspections," he said.
"We want to see patience from motorists and see them take responsibility for the amount of alcohol consumed."
Sgt Mahaffy said the Tweed-Byron LAC recorded eight fatalities last year (2004) and this year to date has recorded 16 fatalities.
"We really want to hammer home to motorists that we will be out, and speeding, drink-driving, driver fatigue and heavy vehicles will be targeted," he said.
"These things are nothing new, but they still keep occurring on our roads and it's time it stopped."
Sgt Mahaffy said he expected the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) would introduce double demerit points for the holiday periods.
Across the border on the Gold Coast, police will also be maintaining a high presence in an attempt to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on roads.
Queensland's road safety campaign, under way already, will continue until midnight on January 22 and police will actively target speeding offences and drink diving.
"We are also asking parents to talk to their children about road safety," said Queensland Police South Eastern Regional Traffic Co-ordinator Inspector Danny Baade.
"Our kids can use the roads as pedestrians, cyclists, passengers in cars and also as young drivers," he said.
"We're appealing to parents to take the opportunity to educate their children about road safety prior to the busy Christmas period."
The National Christmas Road Safety Campaign will kick off on December 23 and continue until January 6.