Police crack down on drink drivers
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.