Senior Constable Leonard Haskins does a random breath test during Operation North Soapstone north of Gin Gin before to the start of the Easter weekend.
Senior Constable Leonard Haskins does a random breath test during Operation North Soapstone north of Gin Gin before to the start of the Easter weekend. Mike Knott BUNSOAPSTONE

Police nab 70 drink drivers in central region

ALMOST a quarter of the state's drink-drivers have been nabbed in the central police region.

Seventy drunks have been taken off Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Fraser Coast, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Mackay roads since the Easter four-day break kicked off on Thursday.

Police have busted 303 drink-drivers across Queensland - and 23.1% of those were found in the central district.

So far one person has died on our roads and 24 people have been injured.

Police have conducted 19,311 random breath tests in the region and they have busted 1159 speeding drivers.

Speed cameras nabbed a further 1212 speedsters and police have issued fines for 68 seatbelt offences, 41 mobile phone offences and 665 other traffic infringements.

A 32-year-old man was killed after his car hit a tree near Moura early on Saturday.

Queensland Road Policing Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said his officers were horrified at the risks people were taking.

"We've seen very high speeds recorded by police officers over the (Easter holiday safety) count period," he said.

"We've seen a number of very high drink-driving detections ... some well over 0.2%.

"We've seen people not wearing their seatbelts, we've seen people distracted by their mobile phones and other devices and we've seen people driving fatigued.

"Each one of those decisions is avoidable by the person who made that decision and tragically we've seen those decisions result in deaths on our roads."

The state's road toll stands at eight deaths.

Road campaign

Central Queensland Police region Easter holiday road safety campaign statistics from April 2 to midnight Sunday

  • Persons killed 1
  • Persons injured 24
  • RBTs 19,311
  • Drink driving 70
  • Speed non-camera 1159
  • Speed camera 1212
  • Seatbelts 68
  • Mobile phones 41
  • Other offences 665

The central police region covers Bundaberg, the Sunshine and Fraser coasts, Gympie, Gladstone, Mackayand Rockhampton.



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