Easter sees all on best behaviour
THE Easter weekend was productive in the region with an influx of tourists and wellbehaved motorists.
Police are commending the public after only three drivers were caught drinkdriving on the weekend in Port Douglas, out of 356 random breath tests.
A 46-year-old NSW man was caught on April 7 with a blood alcohol content of .092 and on April 8, a 38-year-old Mareeba man had a reading of .072 and a 50-year-old Port Douglas man blew .085.
One person was caught doing 96km in an 80 zone on Captain Cook Highway and four people were caught using their mobile phones.
“Police have been out in force over the weekend doing traffic enforcement and given the volume of traffic in town, the results are quite pleasing,” said Port Douglas’s Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant Damien Meadows.
Executive officer of Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree Doug Ryan said the high volume of traffic translated into sales for the region.
“Certainly the town has been exceptionally busy and the feedback we got is it has probably been the best Easter for at least a couple of years,” he said.
“The weather gods were on our side and tourists had the best time and they’ll go back and tell all their friends and they’ll hopefully be up in June or July.
“It normally (a strong Easter) indicates we can expect a good season.”
Among the high volumes coming into the region were a combination of locals, tourists and holiday-makers from near-by areas.
“A lot of regional Queensland - Cairns, Tablelands and Townsville people were visiting here and that’s the drive market, it is great to see them travelling again,” he said.
“After Cyclone Yasi, and the floods last year, they stopped travelling but they are back holidaying again which is great.”