ROAD SAFETY FOR EVERYBODY EVERYDAY
Following last week’s fatal traffic crash on the Captain Cook Highway at Ellis Beach on March 1, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) have implemented Operation Fatal Reaction. Policing is both proactive and reactive across the state. Far Northern police (pictured, Constable Sarah Tulacz from the Mossman Police Station) regularly perform high visibility patrols on highways, suburban streets and known trouble spots. As part of Operation Fatal Reaction, far northern police have performed roadside breath tests (RBTs), speed detection and high visibility patrols in the area where this most recent fatal occurred for a three-day period in an effort to raise community awareness. Operation Fatal Reaction ran from Wednesday March 2 to Friday March 4 and saw a total of 270 motorists intercepted for RBTs with three motorists stopped for Roadside Drug Tests (RDTs). Twenty three motorists were issued with traffic infringement notices for mainly speed and other life endangering offences. Notices to Appear were issued for other offences including one count of drink driving, three counts of drug driving, one count each of possession of a dangerous drug and one for unlicensed driving. A number of other traffic operations were planned over the weekend throughout the district including high visibility patrols and motorcycle awareness.