Drink driv­ers on the rise

Po­lice have said they have caught three drink driv­ers this week

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

MUN­DUB­BERA Po­lice have said the num­ber of drink driv­ers caught in the past week has been higher than nor­mal.

“We have had three de­tected in one week,” Sergeant Daniel Clarke said.

“We usu­ally have one a fort­night.

“Three in one week is a fair few.”

On Jan­uary 11, po­lice pulled over a Mun­dub­bera man on Bou­verie St, Mun­dub­bera and the 21-year-old al­legedly blew 0.087.

The man was also wanted on a war­rant and was bailed to Gayndah Mag­is­trates Court for al­leged steal­ing and un­law­ful dam­age.

A 44-year-old Mun­dub­bera man was found al­legedly drink driv­ing on Jan­uary 13.

Po­lice pulled the man over at 10.20pm on Strathdee St, where he al­legedly blew 0.062.

On Jan­uary 14, a 59-year-old Mun­dub­bera man was charged with a high-range drink driv­ing of­fence on Kennedy St at 8.45pm.

The man al­legedly blew 0.156.

All three men were is­sued notices to ap­pear in Gayndah Mag­is­trates Court.

“Mun­dub­bera po­lice will con­tinue to pa­trol our roads and high­ways in an ef­fort to re­duce the road toll and keep us all safe,” Sgt Clarke said.

“Just a few pre­cau­tions and a lit­tle plan­ning when you drink al­co­hol can help you en­sure a safe jour­ney.

“If you go over the le­gal limit the mat­ter is au­to­mat­i­cally re­ferred to the courts.

Sgt Clarke said peo­ple should give their car keys to a friend to stop them driv­ing home af­ter a night out.

“Ar­range a lift with a des­ig­nated driver and make sure you don’t sleep in your ve­hi­cle, you still could be li­able for be­ing in charge of a ve­hi­cle un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol,” he said.

“Count your drinks and re­mem­ber how many you had and if you’ve had a big night you could still be over the limit the next day.

“The num­ber of drink driv­ing oc­curs the fol­low­ing day with most driv­ers un­aware they are still over the le­gal limit.

“The only thing that can re­duce your blood al­co­hol con­tent is time.”

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