The yellow flowers of the coreopsis species, or tickseed, line our increasingly dangerous road to the coast. Police have begun their holiday safety crackdown.
The yellow flowers of the coreopsis species, or tickseed, line our increasingly dangerous road to the coast. Police have begun their holiday safety crackdown. Craig Warhurst

Pretty deadly road

HOLIDAY drivers have been warned of increasing traffic dangers on the road to Rainbow Beach.

Drivers may also face an increasing threat to their driving liberties if they break the rules, Gympie police warned yesterday.

As the peak Christmas-New Year visitor season looms, Gympie Traffic Branch officer in charge Peter Webster says crash and fatality figures show the road to Rainbow Beach is an emerging danger zone.

Sgt Webster's comments yesterday came with news of greatly heightened police activity on all roads as we enter the holiday season.

In an aggressive and highly successful weekend start to the pre-holiday crackdown, police blocked the Bruce Hwy in both directions at Federal, over two eight-hour night shifts on Friday and Saturday.

Their efforts netted a "very realistic" .45 calibre pistol, drugs including a 500g bag of cannabis; a portable drug lab and a significant number of drink and drug-drivers.

On top of that were traffic charges and defective vehicle notices.

Gympie Times


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