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The number of fatalities on Australian roads over the Easter and ANZAC holiday period hit 22 this year, compared to 14 at the end of the shorter 2010 Easter weekend.

Six lives were lost in Queensland over the Easter holiday, while five deaths were recorded over Easter and ANZAC holiday in both Victoria and New South Wales.

Western Australia saw four fatalities, with one each in South Australia and Tasmania.

Only the Northern Territory and the ACT escaped the weekend without a death on the road.

In Victoria, Operation Crossroads saw 532 drink-drivers caught, along with 5744 speeding motorists and 756 using a mobile phone while driving.

There were 40 drug test offences recorded, along with 649 seatbelt offences, 286 disqualified drivers and 626 unlicensed drivers.

"We had more than 500 people caught drink-driving over the Easter break. How could 500 people still not get the message that this is high-risk behaviour which places all road users at risk? It is simply unacceptable," Victoria Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Neville Taylor said.

"Today, our road toll is at 97 - six more than this time last year. We as a whole community need to take action on this."

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