Roads fa­tal­ity free

But po­lice less than im­pressed with some mo­torists

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - By JES­SICA JOHN­STON

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.

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