Constables Simone Shearer and Craig Woodman conduct random breath testing along Duke Street yesterday. One person was caught drink driving in Gympie at the weekend, but Operation Regis caught five.
Constables Simone Shearer and Craig Woodman conduct random breath testing along Duke Street yesterday. One person was caught drink driving in Gympie at the weekend, but Operation Regis caught five. Renee Pilcher

Drink drivers beware this holidays

DRIVERS beware these school holidays - police are out in force and waiting to catch you.

Officer-in-charge of Tin Can Bay Police Station Sergeant Darren Grieve said that on Friday and Saturday Maryborough’s Tactical Crime Squad ran an operation in conjunction with Tin Can Bay police, separate from a current state-wide Spring Break operation running these school holidays.

Operation Regis targeted drivers heading towards Tin Can Bay, near the Rainbow Beach turn off.

Police were stationed at the entrance to Camp Kerr from 10am until 4.30pm, intercepting cars and random breath testing drivers, and checking their speed.

A police media spokesperson said of the 1864 RBTs conducted, only five people were charged with drink driving.

One vehicle was impounded and 73 infringement notices were handed out. Sgt Grieve said the car was impounded after police checks found the driver was a repeat unlicensed offender.

He said one RBT turned up a high reading with an illegal blood alcohol concentration of 0.187 per cent, which he said was disappointing.

“As the operation was conducted during the day, you wouldn’t expect any drink drivers,” he said.

Three people were also found in possession of drugs or utensils after their vehicles were searched.

In Gympie over Friday and Saturday night local police ran operation G Sharp. Acting officer-in-charge of the Gympie station Sergeant Andrew Holding said out of the 47 RBTs police carried out they did not find one drink driver, which he said was a good result.

Over the weekend there were four arrests for public nuisance offences and “a couple of tickets” issued for consuming liquor in a public place.

“The fact that there were no drink drivers caught shows people are being more responsible with their alcohol consumption,” Sgt Holding said.

“It shows they are starting to alter their arrangements after drinking and taking drink driving seriously.

“Police are happy.”

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