DRIVERS TAK­ING FEWER RISKS

Three in over 500 tested pos­i­tive for drink driv­ing

Gatton Star - - FRONT PAGE - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

DRIV­ING be­hav­iour is be­gin­ning to change, ac­cord­ing to Gat­ton Po­lice Sta­tion of­fi­cer in charge se­nior sergeant Row­land Browne.

He said fewer drivers were rolling the dice with road safety as the chances of get­ting caught con­tin­ued to in­crease.

Af­ter a fairly quiet hol­i­day pe­riod for po­lice in Gat­ton, Laidley and Heli­don he was op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture.

De­spite the in­creased po­lice pres­ence on the roads, few tick­ets were given out for traf­fic in­fringe­ments and drink-driv­ing in the three towns.

Sen-sgt Row­land Browne said mo­torists were chang­ing the way they drove be­cause law break­ers con­sis­tently got caught.

“If you speed reg­u­larly you’ll get caught, whereas 15 years ago you rolled the dice,” Sen-sgt Browne said.

“I think driv­ing be­hav­iour in re­gard to speed has im­proved over the years thanks to ed­u­ca­tion and en­force­ment.”

Since De­cem­ber, 20, 2018, 16 traf­fic in­fringe­ment no­tices have been given out to mo­torists by Gat­ton po­lice of­fi­cers.

Three drink-drivers were also caught out of the 503 mo­torists tested at road­side breath tests.

Sen-sgt Browne said Gat­ton po­lice were busy en­forc­ing traf­fic over the pe­riod.

“Over the Christ­mas pe­riod we al­ways have ex­tra traf­fic, so we al­ways do more en­force­ment,” he said.

“We try to tar­get en­force­ment around the fa­tal five but also we try to ros­ter staff on in clumps, so we can main­tain a high vis­i­bil­ity en­force­ment.”

Speed­ing, drink and drug driv­ing, dis­trac­tion, fa­tigue and seat belts make up the fa­tal five and were tar­geted by po­lice across the state in the Christ­mas pe­riod.

In Laidley, po­lice have breath- tested al­most 800 mo­torists since the start of school hol­i­days and de­tected five drink-drivers.

A to­tal of 46 traf­fic in­fringe­ment no­tices were also writ­ten by Laidley po­lice of­fi­cers, the ma­jor­ity be­ing for speed­ing.

Laidley Sta­tion of­fi­cer in charge Se­nior Sergeant Regan Dra­heim said it was im­per­a­tive mo­torists fol­lowed the law.

“I ask all drivers to con­tinue to be dili­gent whilst driv­ing and to be cour­te­ous to other road users,” Sen-sgt Dra­heim said.

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

IM­POR­TANT RE­MINDER: Gat­ton Po­lice Sta­tion Of­fi­cer in Charge Se­nior Sergeant Row­land Browne said law break­ers would be caught.

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

GOOD START: Gat­ton sta­tion of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Row­land Browne says po­lice have had few is­sues on the roads dur­ing the Christ­mas break.

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