by Mick Doyle
WITH more motorists predicted to be on our roads over the Easter long weekend, Dalby police are urging road users to take extra care when driving.
From tomorrow, Dalby police will be on high alert as the risk of fatalities rises over the weekend.
Acting Senior Sergeant, Clint Ryan, said the Easter long weekend poses a risk because of the large number of vehicles on the road.
"The cause of the increased accidents is because there is a greater amount of people on the roads,” Snr Sgt Ryan said.
"Police are looking for what they call the fatal five, which is drink and drug driving, fatigue, inattention, not wearing a seatbelt and speeding.
"They are the most common killers on Queensland roads.”
However, last year there was not one recorded death on Dalby roads, which is a statistic that Snr Sgt Ryan is wanting to continue this weekend.
"Last year in Dalby we did not record a single fatality across the Easter long weekend and going forward we would like to attempt to maintain that this weekend,” Snr Sgt Ryan said.
In 2016, over 17,000 drivers were caught speeding, and roughly 350 motorists were charged with drink driving across Queensland.
In Dalby, over 80% of traffic infringement notices were for speeding, while police completed 127 road side breath tests.
Dalby police will be looking to have an increased presence on our roads this long weekend.