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Easter warning for Coast locals and tourists

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Residents and visitors to the Sunshine Coast are urged to keep safety, patience and respect in the forefront of their minds ahead of the Easter break.

Mayor Mark Jamieson, Queensland Police Sunshine Coast Inspector Michael Miley and Sunshine Coast Safe Night Precinct Local Board representative joined forces yesterday to voice this united message.

Mayor Jamieson said Easter is a very special time of the year, and also one of our busiest on the Sunshine Coast as holidaymakers come to experience everything that we have to offer.

“We want everyone in our community to enjoy their Easter break, have a great time with their family and friends and to support our local businesses which are at the heart of our economy,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“At all times, and especially over the holidays, it’s important that we always show respect for each other and not put ourselves or anyone else in danger with our actions.

“And that includes respecting our emergency services and not putting them in a position where they have to put their lives at risk.

“Please be patient if the roads are a little bit busier than usual, or if there’s a wait for a taxi, and don’t take any risks by drinking and driving.”

Inspector Michael Miley said police, as always, were prepared for a busy Easter on the Sunshine Coast.

“We live in one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations and that means a large influx of visitors from right across the country will descend on the coast to celebrate Easter here,” Inspector Miley said.

“Easter is traditionally a busy time on our roads and this year will be no exception.

“We urge people to drive to the conditions and be patient – we want to see everyone reach their destination safely.

“We continue to see the majority of our drivers act responsibly although there is a very small number who endanger themselves and others on our roads through stupidity – generally driving under the influence of liquor or drugs or by speeding. There is no appetite from police or the community to tolerate this behaviour.

“Our officers could be anywhere, anytime. We will not hesitate to take action against drivers putting their lives and the lives of other innocent people at risk.”

Inspector Miley said police would also be focused on ensuring people could enjoy a safe night out on the Sunshine Coast over Easter.

“No doubt people will be taking advantage of the long weekend and many will be out with friends and family having a few drinks,” Inspector Miley said.

“We will be conducting proactive patrols of the Safe Night Precincts in Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore and will not tolerate any kind of violent or anti-social behaviour.

“Queenslanders know all too well from recent tragedies that one punch is all it takes to seriously injure or kill someone.

“We’re asking everyone who is out over the long weekend to take it easy while drinking, look after your mates and keep your cool.

“Ultimately we just want everyone to have a safe and happy Easter.”

President of Safe Night Out Sunshine Coast and managing director of the Sol Bar Group, Alex Johns said his association was committed to helping maintain a safe public environment around the Sunshine Coast Safe Night Precincts so that everyone can enjoy a great night out.

“One of our priorities this Easter is to continue to enhance the safety of the area and work collaboratively to provide an engaging and enjoyable environment for everyone,” he said.

“Over the Easter break come out and enjoy our three vibrant late night entertainment areas located at Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra.

“Look out for your mates and if you need any assistance just speak to venue staff or our roving Safe Night Precinct security guards.

“Our Safe Night Precinct venues will be working closely in collaboration with each other, the general public and service providers to ensure a safe and fun night out during the Easter holidays.”

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