LNP Candidate for Mount Ommaney Tarnya Smith is urging the community to put safety first this holiday season.
“Increased traffic on the roads and severe weather events bring increased risks to personal safety on the roads and around our homes during the holiday season,” Mrs Smith said.
“The LNP urges all motorists and residents to ensure their loved ones stay safe, protecting their homes during the storm season and exercising sound judgment on our roads.
“At home make sure vegetation is trimmed away from building structures, secure loose items and ensure that you have a personal home emergency procedure in place.
“Although all Queenslanders look forward to a less eventful welcome to 2012 than 2011, in the event of severe storms or floods it is advisable to keep handy contact numbers at a hands reach, including Queensland State Emergency Service on 132 500 and a portable radio for live updates.”
The Department of Transport and Main Roads Christmas and New Year road toll reviews between 2005/06 to 2009/10 record fifty per cent of accidents occurring within 100-110kph speed zones.
“Be mindful on motorways, diligently monitoring your speed whilst factoring changes in traffic conditions.
“An accident can occur in an instant and its effects long live on with your family, so think of them and make safety a priority these holidays.
“From my family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.”