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Court date for two drink drivers

POLICE are disappointed by the number of Queensland motorists who have been caught drink driving state-wide during the national operation codenamed “Operation Raid”.

But Gympie Police are encouraged with local results. Officer in Charge of the Gympie District Traffic Branch, Sergeant Peter Webster said over the three day operation Gympie region police stopped more than 1039 people for random breath testing (RBT). From that only two people were charged with drink driving.

He said a Gympie man registered an alleged reading of 0.109 per cent when breath tested along Cootharaba Road.

The other driver was caught at Rainbow Beach with an alleged reading of 0.064 per cent; just over the legal limit

Gympie region police also handed out 115 traffic infringement notices, for offences including defective vehicles, failing to display P-plates and speeding.

Police were anywhere and everywhere targeting drink and drug driving during the blitz.

“It was encouraging only two drink drivers out of 1000 were caught. But disappointing that we got two,” Sgt Webster said.

He warned Gympie region drivers that police would step up their RBTs between now and New Year.

“Expect to be breath tested sooner rather than later.”

The region’s annual Christmas police blitz is due to start next month but Sgt Webster said the exact start date hadn’t been approved for release just yet.

He said drink driving was one of the major contributing factors to crashes, causing fatalities and serious injuries.

“I would encourage people to make alternate arrangements – put $10 aside for a cab – it’s not terribly difficult to think or plan ahead.

“Don’t run the odds.”

Sgt Webster said chances were if you drank and drove you would have a crash – or, if you were lucky, get caught by police.

Police throughout Australia and New Zealand co-ordinated efforts to ‘Remove All Impaired Drivers’ (RAID) during the weekend’s traffic operation.

Queensland police conducted more than 24,000 RBTs, with 236 drink drivers taken off roads.

Acting Superintendent Craig Hanlon said it was disappointing to see so many drivers on Queensland roads continue to put their lives at risk by drinking then driving.

“They are not only putting their own lives in danger but the lives of every other person using the road at that time.

“It is unacceptable behaviour and we make no apologies in utilising whatever resources to eradicate this behaviour from our roads,” he said.

In Queensland 491 drug driving tests were performed with four positive results, drivers were issued 2327 traffic infringement notices and 146 motorists were dealt with for licence related offences.

Acting Superintendent Hanlon said one of the aims of Operation Raid was to increase driver awareness of the dangers associated with driving while impaired. “QPS will continue to maintain a visible presence on Queensland roads as we lead into the holiday season and are appealing to all Queensland road users to please consider how your actions could affect your own and others lives,” he said.

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