DRINK DRIV­ERS CAUGHT

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PO­LICE re­ported two very high drink driv­ing read­ings in Cen­tral Queens­land on Sun­day night, one be­ing the high­est in Queens­land for that day.

Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice’s Christ­mas Road Safety Cam­paign re­port showed they caught the Mo­ran­bah driver with a blood al­co­hol con­tent read­ing of 0.25.

The 19-year-old male failed to sup­ply a road­side breath test and was trans­ported to Mo­ran­bah Po­lice Sta­tion, where he sup­plied the high read­ing.

An­other driver, a 37-year-old fe­male, was caught on Loch Street, Emer­ald with a read­ing of 0.163.

There were also three drink driv­ers caught in Emer­ald on New Year’s Day.

The high­est read­ing was recorded by a 49-year-old male driver, who was in­ter­cepted on Capri­corn High­way with a read­ing of 0.089.

Act­ing Of­fi­cer in Charge of Emer­ald Po­lice Sta­tion, Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Daniel Laas, said Emer­ald Po­lice were in­creas­ing pa­trols to de­tect all traf­fic of­fences.

“Since the start of the Christ­mas Road Safety Cam­paign on De­cem­ber 14, Emer­ald Po­lice have charged seven drink driv­ers, five drug driv­ers, one high speed of­fence and over 50 tick­ets have been is­sued.”

The high speed of­fence was recorded on De­cem­ber 26, with a 17-year-old male de­tected at 142 km/h on Fair­bairn Dam Road.

Act­ing Snr Sgt Laas said these fig­ures were higher than the same pe­riod last year, where only one drug driver and two drink driv­ers were de­tected.

“Driv­ers are re­minded if they are go­ing to con­sume al­co­hol, that they have a ‘Plan B’ to get home safely as Emer­ald Po­lice will be out in force con­duct­ing ran­dom breath tests any­where and at any time.”

PHOTO: TAY­LOR BATTERSBY

FA­TAL FIVE: Se­nior Con­sta­ble Bren­don O'Neill and his Emer­ald Po­lice col­leagues urge driv­ers to stay safe on the roads.

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