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Police remind drivers about dangers of driving at Christmas

MERRY Christmas!

With many Queenslanders on the move today motorists are being urged to slow down following results from phase two of this year's Christmas Road Safety Campaign.

Phase two commenced at 12.01am Wednesday, December 23 and concludes at 11.59pm on Sunday, January 3, 2016.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said police were concerned with drivers detected driving under the influence. Among the results was a driver allegedly detected with a reading of 0.201% in West Ipswich

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said there is no excuse for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"Every time you drive or ride under the influence you  increase the risk of you, your passengers and other road users of being involved in a traffic crash which could result in serious injury or death."

So far this year, 238 lives have been lost in traffic crashes in Queensland.

"Road safety is everyone's responsibility and we want to make sure all Queenslanders have a safe Christmas Day." Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

During the Christmas Holiday Period, Queensland Police will enforce high risk road user behaviour including the fatal five: speeding, fatigue, impaired driving (drink and drug), failure to wear a seat belt and distraction/inattention in a concerted effort to minimise road trauma.