Po­lice crack down on drink driv­ers

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THREE of the five mo­torists caught driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol in the Whit­sun­days in the past week re­turned a high blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion read­ing.

Of­fi­cer in charge Nathan Blain said Whit­sun­day Po­lice con­ducted more than 420 road­side breath tests in the past week and is­sued in­fringe­ment no­tices for drink driv­ing, speed­ing, fail­ing to wear seat­belts and nu­mer­ous regis­tra­tion of­fences.

Last Thurs­day, a 28-year-old Ju­bilee Pocket man driv­ing a Nis­san hatch­back was stopped by po­lice for not wear­ing a seat­belt on the cor­ner of Be­g­ley Street and Water­son Way in Air­lie Beach.

He sub­mit­ted to a road­side breath test at 10.38am, re­turn­ing a high read­ing of 0.176 per cent.

A 41-year-old Can­non­vale man driv­ing a Holden sedan on Shute Har­bour Road in Can­non­vale re­turned a high read­ing of 0.103 per cent at 8pm on Fri­day night.

The 21-year-old driver of an Audi sedan re­turned a blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion of 0.136 per cent af­ter she was stopped on Shute Har­bour Road in Air­lie Beach at 2.45am on Satur­day.

A 28-year-old Surfers Par­adise man driv­ing a Volvo con­vert­ible was stopped on the cor­ner of Shute Har­bour Road in Can­non­vale and sub­mit­ted to a road­side breath test, re­turn­ing a read­ing of 0.076 per cent at 9.15am on Satur­day morn­ing.

On Sun­day at 4.25am, a 32-year-old Can­non­vale woman driv­ing a Nis­san hatch­back was stopped by po­lice on Shute Har­bour Road in Can­non­vale and re­turned a read­ing of 0.050 per cent.

Mr Blain said driv­ers must be un­der 0.050 per­cent to legally drive a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

He said po­lice would be out in force for the new Labour Day long week­end as a part of the state-wide Op­er­a­tion Spring Break to tar­get road safety.

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