Fifty-eight people have been killed on Tasmanian roads so far in 2004 compared with 41 in all of last year.
Half of 2004’s fatal accidents have been attributed to speeding.
Infrastructure, Energy and Resources Minister Bryan Green hoped all Tasmanians would be safe over the holiday period.
“Sadly, every Christmas and New Year holiday period people spend time in hospital emergency rooms as a result of a road crash,” Mr Green said.
“I wish I knew the words I could say to make people stop and think about their behaviour on the roads.
“Please do not put yourself, your passengers or other road users at risk this holiday season.”
Road Safety Task Force chairman Paul Hogan said that it was sad to think that Christmas would never be the same for many people.
“Stop and think about the people you love this Christmas and the effect that your death or serious injury would have on their lives,” Mr Hogan said.
Tasmania Police Assistant Commissioner of Crime and Operations Luppo Prins said that a major police campaign would be conducted over the period.
“The Statewide campaign will involve random breath- testing and the use of safety cameras on both city streets and rural roads,” he said.
“It is a safe bet that if you drink and drive or if you speed this festive season, you will get caught.”
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