Road safety

An open letter on road safety this Christmas

An open letter from

Deputy Commissioner Ben Marcus

Christmas is truly a wonderful time of the year.

It’s the moment when we leave for the end of year celebrations with colleagues, to share stories around a barbecue with our friends and above all, to spend time with our families and those we love.

It’s a time of year when many of us use our extensive road network, traveling long distances to share these experiences.

Police patrolled the roads throughout the year and witnessed good driving, but also shocking behavior and the tragedy of people losing their lives.

We’ve gone to great lengths to tell stories and show the consequences of bad decisions on our roads.

I want to express my thanks to those who are listening and taking the time to think about their attitude before getting in the car. Thank you for improving your driving habits and making the roads of Queensland safer for all of us.

You are the ones saving lives on our roads.

It’s your positive attitude, your decision to slow down, put your phone away, or have one less beer that makes our roads safer for everyone.

Christmas is also a time of year when we remember those lives that were taken from our roads.

There will be parties without colleagues, barbecues without a companion, and families sharing Christmas lunch with an empty seat at the table.

It is my commitment to you that over the next few weeks the police will be on our roads. You can expect to see them anywhere, anytime.

In return, I ask you to make a commitment to driving safely, making better decisions, and encouraging those around you to make smarter choices.

All we want for Christmas is for you to arrive safely at your destination.

I don’t want my officers arriving at the door, hats in hand, for your family’s Christmas party for you.

Thank you once again for your continued efforts to make our roads safer.

I wish you a safe Merry Christmas and New Year.

–Deputy curator Ben Marcus

/ Public distribution. This material from the original organization / authors may be ad hoc in nature, edited for clarity, style and length. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author (s). here.