Police say inattention while driving caused is contributing to car accidents.
Police say inattention while driving caused is contributing to car accidents.

Police cracking down on distracted drivers these holidays

DISTRACTION will be the major focus of a Queensland-wide traffic blitz from Friday, as police fight to stop road fatalities over the school holidays.

Operation Cold Snap will run until July 12, with an eye also on speeding, drink and drug driving, fatigue and not wearing seatbelts.

During the holiday period in 2012, there were 11 road deaths across the state.

Police want fewer this year.

State Traffic Support acting chief superintendent Dale Pointon said drivers who took their eyes off the road could be putting their lives in danger.

"Drivers need to be mindful of the major contributors to fatalities, including distraction, which could be caused by simply adjusting the heater or looking at their kids in the rearview mirror," Supt Pointon said.

There will be more speed cameras, drug and breath testing and more police on the roads.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the goal of Operation Cold Snap was simply to save lives.

"As is the case every day, this school holiday period we want everyone to reach their destination safely," he said.



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