BEAT­ING THE ODDS

RBT clears all driv­ers for Eidsvold Races

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Macken­zie Co­la­han Macken­zie.Co­la­han@cnbtimes.com.au

IF YOU ran into an RBT leav­ing the Eidsvold Races on the week­end, you’re not alone.

There was a mas­sive po­lice pres­ence in the district on Satur­day as the pop­u­la­tion swelled for the an­nual race day – a no­to­ri­ously boozy event on any town’s so­cial cal­en­dar.

In a co­or­di­nated ef­fort to tackle road safety, road­side drug test­ing of­fi­cers from Bris­bane, mem­bers of the tac­ti­cal crime squad from Mary­bor­ough and Bund­aberg’s road polic­ing unit launched a crack­down on in­tox­i­cated driv­ers.

The tar­geted op­er­a­tion net­ted an un­ex­pected re­sult.

Eidsvold Sergeant Chris James was pleased to re­port there were zero pos­i­tive re­sults from the 330 ran­dom breath tests and 102 road­side drug tests car­ried out.

Sgt James said en­forc­ing the drink and drug driv­ing mes­sage was the fo­cus.

“The week­end went re­ally well,” he said.

“Nil pos­i­tives, so it’s en­cour­ag­ing to see the mes­sage of not driv­ing whilst un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol is be­ing ad­hered to.

“The pa­trons at the races are usu­ally pretty good so we took the op­por­tu­nity to use the week­end to fur­ther pro­mote road safety.

“Ev­ery­one was well be­haved at the event. There were no is­sues or com­plaints, which is a credit to the event or­gan­is­ers and to the pun­ters.

“Gen­er­ally the pub­lic were pretty re­cep­tive to hav­ing po­lice walk­ing around and do­ing their jobs in re­gards to stop­ping road trauma.”

Po­lice did, how­ever, hand out five in­fringe­ment no­tices and one no­tice to ap­pear in court for var­i­ous traf­fic of­fences.

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