Our holiday road toll is down 50%

QUEENSLANDERS appear to be driving more safely this Christmas holidays compared to last year and their neighbours over the border.

Fifteen days into the Christmas road safety campaign, six people have died on Queensland’s roads during the holidays compared to 12 fatalities this time last year.

The New South Wales holiday road toll, at time of printing, was more than double at 13, which included Duranbah father-of-two Myke Rudd. Mr Rudd, 30, died after the car he was a passenger in collided with a tree on December 19.

Queensland police said the number of motorists caught speeding had almost halved, with 18,029 speeding offences recorded compared to 35,869 offences by this time last year.

Drink-driving and seatbelt offences are also significantly down but driving under the influence of illegal drugs has increased, with eight offences recorded so far.

Queensland police are targeting the fatal four adverse driving behaviours: drink-driving; speeding; failure to wear seatbelts and driving while tired; and drug-driving, in a concerted effort to minimise road trauma during the holiday season.

The Queensland Christmas Road Safety Campaign finishes on January 1.

The national holiday road toll, at the time of printing yesterday, was 42.

There were no fatal car accidents in the Australian Capital Territory.

The Northern Territory’s holiday road toll was one, followed by South Australia on two and Tasmania on three.

Western Australia had six deaths, the same as Queensland.

There had been a total of 11 road deaths in Victoria.



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