Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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