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Police to rein in naughty Qld drivers

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 Melissa Grant

Queenslanders better watch out when they drive, they better not flout the rules and police are telling them why - more officers are coming to town.

Police will increase their presence across the state's roads on Friday, with naughty motorists being warned they risk copping an unwanted and costly Christmas gift.

Operations during the annual statewide Christmas road safety campaign will be targeted to catch motorists doing the wrong thing, particularly those speeding or driving under the influence.

"We'll be rolling out a series of intelligence-driven traffic operations such as random driver testing for alcohol and drugs and speed enforcement on roads and highways in key high-risk areas," Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said.

There have been 227 people killed on the state's roads in 2016, four less than this time last year.

Statistics show that one in four of those fatalities involved a speeding driver, while one in five deaths involved a motorists under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The state government has launched a road safety advertising campaign featuring real and powerful footage from family Christmases, including the confronting image of a road crash.

"Road safety is everyone's responsibility and our 'Memories' campaign, which will continue over key holiday periods, reminds us that we all have a role to play," Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said.

The 50-day will be conducted over four phases, winding up on January 27.

LAST YEAR'S QUEENSLAND CHRISTMAS ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN:

- 33 fatalities

- 2068 injuries

- 624,798 breath tests

- 9287 drug tests

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