Drivers frustrate police

The Bruce Highway had cars heading up the cost to enjoy the perfect Easter weekend weather. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
The Bruce Highway had cars heading up the cost to enjoy the perfect Easter weekend weather. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood/SCA070412east

MOTORISTS battled traffic snarls as they headed south on the Bruce Highway on Monday from their Easter break, while only one fatality was recorded in the state to Sunday night.

Burpengary Traffic Branch officer in charge Senior Sergeant Mal Lilley said from all reports Easter had once again been the normal busy period on local roads.

"The highway was congested, particularly on Monday, as people returned home from their break," he said.

"As far as traffic enforcement goes in the Caboolture district, as part of the state-wide Operation Crossroads there were a total of 225 infringements, with about half of those for speeding.

"Between Thursday and Monday we also intercepted 14 drink drivers and there were eight crashes which resulted in injuries.

"From my point of view, it's still very disappointing so many people are drink driving even when they know we are going to be out in force."

North Coast regional traffic co-ordinator Inspector Steve Mainey said 85 drink drivers had been detected over the six districts of his command.

"In Redcliffe, officers conducted 800 RBTs and caught 14 drink drivers, while on the Sunshine Coast 33 were detected," he said.

"Overall, officers charged 1100 motorists with life endangering offences, including 785 speeding fines."

Inspector Mainey said he was particularly disappointed with the number of drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol.

"To have 85 drivers arrested for drink driving during the course of Easter when it has been so extensively advertised in all areas of the media is the most disappointing aspect," he said.

"It's just foolish for them to think they can run the gauntlet and not consider their safety or others they are sharing the road with.

"Another aspect was the 58 drivers caught across the region not wearing seatbelts.

"These people need to modify their behaviour because, besides slowing down, wearing seatbelts is the single simplest thing motorists can do to prevent injury and death in an accident."

Inspector Mainey added that, while the new number plate recognition technology now available to police was not in use in the Redcliffe or Caboolture districts, it had been effective in an operation on the Sunshine Coast recently and would be utilised in local districts in the future. 

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