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Mackay police go on road safety Easter blitz

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Mackay police are pleading with drivers to take extra care and go slow when on the road over Easter following a huge spike in deaths.

Seventy-four lives have been lost on Queensland roads since January 1 – that compares with 48 in the same period last year.

Almost two weeks ago, a 35-year-old Mirani man died in a tragic crash on Mackay-Eungella Road.

Sergeant Nigel Dalton says police will be patrolling throughout the region across the four-day weekend.

"We're not going to forget about the rural roads ... If you're driving anywhere expect to see a marked police officer, if you've done nothing wrong you've got nothing to worry about," Sergeant Dalton says.

He says drivers should remember five rules.

"Bear in mind the fatal five all the time; speed, drinking and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, fatigue, and distracted driving.

"We all need to be 100 per cent aware."