Queensland drivers are being urged to take extra care as the current wet weather event impacts roads across many regions.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said weather systems, including severe storms, are dumping heavy falls, leading to flash flooding.
“We all have a responsibility to make good decisions on the road to keep other drivers and ourselves safe,” Mr Ryan said.
“But that is especially the case during extreme weather events.
“We are seeing significant amounts of rain fall in short periods of time which is having a big impact on many roads.
“Of course, if it’s flooded forget it.
“But the need for caution and restraint extends beyond that.
“I know places like Dalby have been experiencing significant flooding throughout the day.
“There are concerns about people driving along flooded roads unnecessarily which in turn causes a bow wave to push water into neighbouring properties.
“At times like this the message is, if you don’t need to be on saturated roads then please stay off them.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said with the forecast of more rain over the coming days, drivers needed to exercise caution.
“No destination warrants taking an unnecessary risk that leads to tragedy,” Mr Bailey said.
“Before you head out onto the road with family and friends, look at the forecast and plan your drive.
“If you can, avoid driving until the weather clears up, and if you get caught in a quick moving storm or rain event, drive to conditions and pull over if you think it’s unsafe.
“When a crash occurs, families and friends suffer, and the investigations into these terrible crashes are left to emergency workers who wish each visit to one of these scenes will be their last.
“We want every Queenslander to get to their destination safely.”
Wet weather driving tips:
- Keep a safe speed to avoid skidding and aquaplaning
- Do not drive onto roads covered with water, even partially covered roads
- Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you
- Avoid sudden breaking, accelerating or turning to reduce your chances of skidding
- Use your air conditioner to keep your windscreen clear of condensation.
For all traffic alerts, road closures and condition updates for major roads in Queensland, visit QLDTraffic.qld.gov.au
You can also download the QLDTraffic app or call 13 19 40.
Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan