Drivers? good behaviour pleases police

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

DESPITE an increase in the number of speeding offences in Gladstone over the Christmas break, motorists' behaviour has been "very good''.

Regional traffic co-ordinator Inspector Dennis Smith said during the Christmas road safety campaign, motorists in the Gladstone region generally abided by road rules.

"Overall the general behaviour of the motoring public has been very good, but unfortunately you will get a small element that ignores the rules and regulations,'' he said.

During the campaign, 847 drivers were charged with speeding offences in Gladstone, and across Central Queensland 2521 speeding offences were committed, an increase of 140 on figures from 2003.

However, Insp Smith said this increase could be attributed to the fact that police officers worked 1330 hours more than the previous year.

"Police were working a lot more hours, so to only have 140 more speeding offences is not too bad,'' he said.

From Christmas Eve to last Friday, five crashes occurred in the Gladstone region, injuring five people.

During that time, 3471 Random Breath Tests (RBTs) were conducted, with only 25 drink driving offences reported.

Insp Smith said this equated to one positive breath test in every 139 people tested.

"That's pretty good ? the state average and the regional average hover around one in every 100, so this is a good result for Gladstone,'' he said.

Across Central Queensland 134 drink-driving offences occurred, which was five less than in 2003.

Insp Smith said overall the Central Queensland region recorded no fatalities, which was an improvement on the past two years.

"One of the significant factors was that we had four people killed on our roads last year, and five the year before, so the fact there has been no fatalities in this period is very pleasing,'' he said.

Insp Smith said phase two of the School Holiday Road Safety Campaign began on Saturday.

The program will continue until January 20 when the Back To School campaign begins, he said.



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