Police happy with drivers

IT seems state-wide operation Spring Break is well underway in the region.

Yesterday, a police media spokesperson said since Spring Break started last Wednesday in the North Coast Police district, 10,000 random breath tests had been conducted.

From those RBTs a total of 57 people had been charged with drink driving and one for drug driving.

Operation Spring Break, which is targeting the fatal four - drink driving, seatbelts and child restraints, fatigue and speed - during the school holidays, runs in the Gympie region until October 4.

Catching only 57 drink drivers out of a total of 10,000 for the whole North Coast Region was a great result, the spokesperson said.

Gympie District Traffic Branch officer-in-charge Sergeant Peter Webster said the operation would hopefully make this holiday period fatality free.

Police Minister Neil Roberts has encouraged motorists to travel safely these school holidays, watch out for children and ensure passengers are safely restrained when in the family car. He said the September school holiday period was traditionally a busy time on the state’s roads, with many families taking the opportunity to holiday and some travelling large distances to and from their destinations.

“With more vehicles on the roads there is the potential for there to be an increase in traffic accidents. That’s why it’s so important for motorists to be extra careful,” Mr Roberts said.

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