High police presence over long weekend
High police presence over long weekend

RESIDENTS and visitors to the Whitsundays are reminded that this Monday October 1 is a public holiday and police will be out in force over the weekend.  

As part of "Operation Spring Break", police are targeting the "fatal five" over the school holidays.  

The fatal five are drink driving, driver fatigue, wearing of seat belts, speeding and mobile phone use while driving.  

Acting Senior Sergeant Barry Haran of Whitsunday Police said with an extra public holiday, police would be

particularly vigilant on Sunday night and Monday and that there would be extra Random Breath Testing (RBT) units set up throughout the Whitsundays.  

"It is school holidays so extra care should be taken on our roads as there will be more traffic," he said.  

There is not usually a public holiday in October but that was changed this year when it will be a one-off Queen's Birthday holiday which came about because of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  

In future, this will be the Labour Day public holiday, which in Queensland is usually held in May.  

Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan said he was delighted with the Newman Government's recent decision to move the Labour Day public holiday to the first Monday in October.  

He said the move was designed to break up the concentration of public holidays in the April-May period, while also providing a break for workers in the second half of the year and at the same time, bringing Queensland into line with other jurisdictions.  

"It will mean that the Labour Day public holiday in Queensland, as of next year, will now be the same time as it is in New South Wales, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory," Mr Costigan said.  

"We made the decision to keep the Queen's Birthday public holiday in June and that is consistent with all states and territories with the exception of Western Australia."  

Meanwhile, Proserpine Police have already been targeting the highway and rural roads so far this school holidays.  

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