Beaudesert police receive fewer assault complaints but say drink driving on the up

Assaults down, DUIs on the rise

AFTER a spike in violent crime in recent months, Beaudesert is seeing a reduction in the number of assault complaints.

Beaudesert Police Station officer in charge Ken Murray said assaults had declined in the past 28 days.

"I appreciate the community for getting the message and finding a way to resolve conflict without resorting to violence," he said.

Senior Sergeant Murray said traffic offences were on the rise, including drink and drug driving.

"As we head into the time when Christmas parties, work events and social gatherings are normal, we ask people to own their behaviour and decisions," he said.

"We understand people want to celebrate the end of what has been a difficult year for many, but we do ask that you take on board the simple message that if you drink, don't drive.

"Plan to have a designated driver or find an alternative way home.

"Alcohol impairs your ability to make good decisions, it's easy to have a few drinks, then a few more and if you're intoxicated you could make a decision that may have fatal consequences."

Beaudesert police are taking part in Operation Own It, a police initiative designed to shine a spotlight on road safety ahead of the school holidays.

Senior Sergeant Murray said police would give more attention to hooning, seatbelts and speeding.

Queensland Police said there had been far too many serious and fatal road related incidents across the region and encouraged drivers to adopt healthy driving habits:

  • Own your driving habits and be a courteous driver.
  • Own your commitment to driving safely.
  • Encourage others to do the same.