Gladstone police find a few bad eggs on the roads

GLADSTONE police were kept busy over the Easter period, and while not of the chocolate variety, they came across a number of bad eggs on the area's roads.

About 252 officer hours were logged over the long weekend, from Friday to Monday's public holiday.

While behaviour within the CBD was surprisingly well in order, there was concern at the number of drivers operating their vehicles outside their provisions, according to Senior Sergeant Jason Chetham, officer in charge of Gladstone police.

"We had no significant incidents over the extended weekend, with no major assaults in the CBD or elsewhere. It was quiet on that front," Snr Sgt Chetham said.

"Of course, we had a strong focus on traffic infringements over that period, and what is of concern is the large number of people who have been caught driving either whilst disqualified or otherwise outside the provisions of their licence."

In total, 11 disqualified or unlicensed drivers were detected during the weekend's operations.

A total 346 random breath tests were carried out on the region's roads.

On top of those 11, seven drivers received tickets for traffic offences, with two arrested for drink-driving.

Encouragingly, only seven public nuisance incidents were noted within the CBD over the weekend, and given the public holidays and longer periods of drinking, the result was a welcome one for local law enforcement, who have made no secret of their desire to stamp out alcohol-fuelled violence in Gladstone.

OFFENCES:

  • 2 drink-drivers detected
  • 346 random breath tests carried out
  • 11 disqualified or unlicensed drivers detected
  • 7 traffic infringement notices issued
  • 7 public nuisance offences within the CBD
  • 252 officer hours logged over the long weekend


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