BEATING THE ODDS
RBT clears all drivers for Eidsvold Races
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.