Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Queensland top cop calls it ‘absolute stupidity’, the way state’s drivers behaved during Easter weekend

Queensland Police have blasted the “absolute stupidity” shown by some of the state’s drivers over the Easter long weekend.

More than 4,000 fines were issued by police over the four day weekend and six people tragically lost their lives in car crashes. A further 135 were injured on the road.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Ray Rohweder told reporters today there were too many instances of people driving dangerously over the wet Easter long weekend.

“One driver was 75 kilometres an hour over (the speed limit) yesterday morning at Daisy Hill,” he said.

“That is just absolute stupidity.”

Speeding accounted for around half of the total number of infringements issued, with 2409 speeding drivers detected.

A total of 219 drug drivers and 228 drink drivers were identified.

There was a total of 4742 offences detected by police over the long weekend with 113 people fined for not wearing a seatbelt and 48 fined for using their mobile phone while driving.

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Mr Rohweder said the massive number of fines was disappointing.

“Motorists need to understand making good decisions on our roads, counts,” he said.

“Your decisions have a direct consequence on your life and those around you. Police are out on our roads detecting offences.

“People can expect police to be anywhere at any time.”

Mr Rohweder said another driver was caught doing 130km/h in a 70km/h zone on the Pacific Motorway — in the middle of torrential rain.

And in footage supplied by Queensland Police, two young men were caught hanging out the window of a car over the weekend.

Mr Rohweder said it was time for drivers to slow down and think about their loved ones.

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“This year we have lost at least two more lives than those corresponding periods (in 2018 and 2019),” he said.

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The 2020 statistics were not included due to the downturn related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I really, really want to get a message across that all these deaths were preventable. It’s about driver behaviour,” he added.

“It’s a senseless waste of a person’s future and families are damaged forever.

“You can’t bring back a loved one.”

One of the people tragically killed over the weekend was beloved Queensland woman Grace Ruhle.

The 23-year-old was in the tray of a friend’s ute when she was allegedly accidentally thrown from the vehicle as it travelled through regional Queensland.

Ms Ruhle tragically suffered fatal injuries after she fell from the vehicle on Friday night as it travelled down Springvale Rd, west of Toowoomba.

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