Long way to go in fight against alcohol fuelled violence

QUEENSLAND Police claim there is still along way to go in their bid to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence across the state.

A four-day blitz across the Easter long weekend saw more than 1180 officers crack down on alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour.

Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said on Monday in total 490 arrests were made over the four-day period which included 43 assault charges and 94 drink driving offences.

"While these numbers reflect that there are still a significant number of people who are using alcohol and then putting others at risk by driving and becoming involved in altercations, it also shows that our officers are out there tackling this issue head on," he said.

"We want everyone to enjoy the wonderful lifestyle that Queensland offers and we want everyone to remember that their actions whilst intoxicated can have negative and long-lasting affects on their and others lives."

Commissioner Barnett said unfortunately the message was not getting through to some people that alcohol-fuelled violence had no place in today's society.

"It is up to society to change its attitude," he said.

"Once upon a time if you went out and you were arrested by police and taken to the watch house that would have been a matter of considerable shame and embarrassment.

"That stigma seems to have disappeared.

"Sadly, for some people it seems to be something to celebrate and to be proud of that you have been arrested by the police."

Commissioner Barnett said police were staggered at the number of motorists caught with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.20% or higher during the four-day operation.

He said two of the highest blood-alcohol readings registered during the blitz was 0.237% at Dalby and 0.230% at Deception Bay.

"At that level of intoxication you are significantly impaired," he said.

"To get behind the wheel when you are 0.20% plus is an incredibly stupid and dangerous thing to do."

More than 3500 motorist were caught speeding and two fatalities were recorded in the state.

Ten people were killed nationally in crashes over the Easter long weekend with fatalities recorded in Queensland, NSW, Western Australia and Tasmania.



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