Police launch Spring school holiday road safety blitz

Published Friday, 15 September, 2023 at 09:48 AM

Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan

  • QPS launches ‘Operation Spring Break’, a road safety enforcement operation coinciding with the September school holidays.
  • Extra police involved commence high-visibility operations from tomorrow.  
  • Motorists taking road trips for school holidays urged to drive safely.

Extra police will be patrolling our busy road networks as part of a major state-wide road safety operation coinciding with the school holidays.

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) is launching Operation Spring Break which involves high-visibility enforcement patrols to reduce high-risk driving behaviour and make our roads safer for all road users.

From Saturday September 16 to Monday, October 2, police will be out enforcing speed limits, conducting roadside drug and alcohol tests while urging motorists to drive safely.

This year, police are especially focusing their attention on vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists, e-scooter riders and motorcyclists.

Research indicates motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to be killed in a crash than occupants of a car.

Although motorcyclists make up only 5 per cent of vehicles registered on Queensland roads, riders and passengers make up nearly one third of lives lost.

Police would also like to remind road users of the Fatal Five: speeding, drink and drug driving, seat-belts, fatigue and driving distracted (including mobile phones).

Last year, during Operation Spring Break, police conducted 65,839 Roadside Breath Tests (RBTs) and 2,345 Roadside Drug Tests (RDTs). Police issued 1,036 tickets for speeding, 114 tickets for drivers or passengers not wearing a seatbelt and 115 tickets for drivers using their mobile phone.

Quotes attributable to Police Minister Mark Ryan

“With so many people planning to enjoy the beautiful weather and travel across our road networks these school holidays, we urge families and motorists to be extra vigilant, take necessary breaks and drive to conditions,” Mr Ryan said.

“Make sure you plan your trip and make allowances for the extra traffic on the road.

“We want to see everyone enjoying themselves these school holidays. Even one tragedy on our roads, is one too many.”

Quotes attributable to Acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Stream, Road Policing

“It is important people take the necessary precautions when setting out on your road trips these holidays,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Stream said.

“Motorists should be conscious that there will be more families out and about, taking advantage of the outdoors.

“It is particularly important that motorists remain on the look-out for vulnerable road-users, including motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.

“Always drive to the conditions, check your blind spots and make sure you indicate before changing lanes or turning.”

Further information:

  • So far in 2023, 196 people have lost their lives on Queensland’s roads.
  • Vulnerable road users include pedestrians, motorbike riders, e-scooter riders, and cyclists (road users who have fewer protections than other road-users and are more likely to die or suffer serious injuries in a crash).

  • Operation Spring Break will run from Saturday, September 16 to Monday, October 2.