POLICE STEPPING UP ROAD PATROLS
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.