PO­LICE STEP­PING UP ROAD PA­TROLS

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Moss­man and Port Dou­glas po­lice last week be­gan Op­er­a­tion Os­car Ly­chee, which aims to re­duce road fa­tal­i­ties on the Cap­tain Cook High­way. Po­lice will be pa­trolling the Cap­tain Cook High­way in both marked and un­marked po­lice ve­hi­cles, look­ing for any dan­ger­ous driver be­hav­iour. The op­er­a­tion kicked off last week and will con­tinue for the rest of 2016. Sergeant Damian Mead­ows, of­fi­cer in charge Port Dou­glas Po­lice (pic­tured), said the op­er­a­tion came as a re­sult of a hor­ror 2015 Queens­land road toll, par­tic­u­larly in re­gards to mo­tor­cy­clists. “They iden­ti­fied a num­ber of high­ways statewide with in­creased mo­tor­cy­cle traf­fic,” he said. “Some were deemed to be of a higher risk, and po­lice have been tasked with de­vel­op­ing and com­menc­ing en­force­ment ac­tion on the Cap­tain Cook, Bruce and Mulligan High­ways.” Sgt Mead­ows said marked and covert po­lice pa­trols would look to stamp out reck­less driv­ing through­out the op­er­a­tion. He said po­lice were look­ing to work with mo­tor­cy­cle groups to iden­tify the few bad rid­ers among them. “There are many good rid­ers but a small hand­ful can give the ma­jor­ity a bad name,” Sgt Mead­ows said. Of the 242 Queens­lan­ders who died in traf­fic crashes last year, about one quar­ter were linked to mo­tor­cy­cles. Each week po­lice will pro­vide

with the num­ber of of­fend­ers charged in Op­er­a­tion Os­car Ly­chee.

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