Road safety blitz targets heavy vehicles, trucks

THE Queensland Police Service will be out in force this week as part of a national safety campaign targeting heavy vehicles on the road.

Operation Papa Austrans is a national road safety blitz that involves intercepting and targeting heavy vehicles and drivers.

In the past, an alarming number of heavy vehicle drivers have been found drink and drug-driving as well as being caught for speeding, seatbelt and logbook-type offences.

Acting Superintendent for the Road Police Command Peter Flanders said while a vast majority of truck and heavy vehicle drivers did the right thing, there were always some who thought the laws of Queensland didn't apply to them.

"We know from extensive research that the fatal five factors of drink and drug-driving, distraction, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and fatigue all play a significant part in the trauma we see on our roads," Acting Superintendent Flanders said.

There have been 11 infringements handed out as a result of the operation so far, with offences including speeding, seat belts, mobile phones, defective vehicles and driving unregistered or uninsured.

"The numbers are concerning to me as each one of these numbers could have resulted in a fatality," Acting Superintendent Flanders said.

"Given that we are coming into the holiday season, all motorists need to remember to drive safely."

Operation Papa Austrans will continue until December9.

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