Easter sees all on best be­hav­iour

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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