The Gladstone Police are out in force these school holidays to make people more aware not to drink and drive and not to speed. Photo Brenda Strong/The Observer
The Gladstone Police are out in force these school holidays to make people more aware not to drink and drive and not to speed. Photo Brenda Strong/The Observer Brenda Strong GLA081211SAFE

Faster but more sober, our region’s drivers are safer too

A GYMPIE man, 30, has been charged with driving at almost four times the legal blood alcohol limit on New Year's Eve.

Police say the man was caught with a blood alcohol reading of 0.186% when intercepted for a random breath test at Glen Eden Dr, Gympie at about 8.45pm.

They say he was among several high range reading drink drivers who defied the trend against drink driving this holiday season.

Police figures released yesterday revealed drink driving offences and road deaths had both declined in Gympie's central region, in line with improved drink driving and road toll results across the state, as Queensland enters Day 11 of the police Christmas road safety campaign.

Compared to the equivalent period last year, drink driving offences across the state had dropped from 974 to 815 and fatalities had gone from five to two.

Central region (a large area, running from Bowen to Gympie) recorded 211 drink drivers compared to 255 last year and fatalities were halved from two to one.

Injuries from crashes had also dropped from 79 to 62 in central region and from 332 to 236 state-wide.

Despite this trend towards safer and more lawful driving, it appears we are speeding more and misusing mobile phones, while we are at it. And that was true for the region, as well as for the state.

Seat belt and "other" offences are also down, in the region and state-wide.

Police warned drivers that they are out in force during the holiday period, aiming to get everyone home safely.

Gympie Times


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