Roads fatality free
But police less than impressed with some motorists
NORTH Queensland’s roads remained fatality free over the Christmas break, but it was more good luck than good driving.
One death-defying driver was clocked travelling at 164km/h in a 100km/h zone on Christmas Eve.
And Ayr police caught a drink-driver who was more than five times over the legal limit.
Northern Region traffic co-ordinator Inspector Brian Richardson said three people had been injured after two separate crashes in the region between Friday and Monday. But looking at the behaviour of drivers, it could have been far worse.
Townsville Traffic Branch Sergeant Barry Lewthwaite said the Christmas period was always a busy time on Townsville roads.
He said 22 people had been caught speeding on Townsville roads on Christmas Day.
But only one drink-driver was caught after police breath-tested almost 600 motorists in the Townsville district.
Sgt Lewthwaite said police had caught a man driving almost four times over the legal limit after he blew .196 in Kirwan. Eighty-six people were caught speeding in Townsville on Christmas Eve, including one driver who was clocked driving 64km/h over the limit at Serene Valley.
Eight drink-drivers were apprehended, two seat belt offences detected and three people were nabbed talking on mobile phones.
Forty-eight tickets were also given for other driving offences.
Six drink-drivers were also caught on Saturday after police conduced 991 random breath tests.
Sgt Lewthwaite said three of those drivers had lost their licences immediately after they blew readings higher than .15.
Thirty-five people were caught speeding on Saturday and one driver was caught on the mobile phone.
The worst drink-driver was nabbed in Ayr on Friday.
A man blew .263, more than five times over the legal limit, when he was breath-tested.
Seven other drink-drivers were caught, 65 speeding tickets were issued and there were two seat belt and three mobile phone offences.
Inspector Richardson warned drivers police would be out in force in Townsville and on the highways for the remainder of the school holiday period.
‘‘Overall, we are quite pleased with the way we went over the Christmas weekend,’’ Insp Richardson said.
‘‘But we find there is usually not as much traffic on the road. People usually drive to their destination and stay there.
‘‘It will probably start to pick up again, from Boxing Day until New Year’s Eve, and I would urge people to take care driving to their New Year’s Eve destination.’’
The national holiday road toll reached 25 after less than five days, prompting police to implore motorists to stop taking risks.