Over 300 drivers nabbed during mammoth safety operation

POLICE nabbed 310 drivers for various traffic offences during the mammoth Road Safety Week operation conducted throughout the Gladstone district last week.

Fifteen drink-drivers were caught, four unlicensed drivers were detected and tickets issued to 195 drivers for speeding offences and 96 infringement notices handed out for other traffic offences.

Officers conducted 5926 roadside breath tests across the week.

Gladstone Inspector Darren Somerville said the majority of motorists had been found to be "doing the right thing" when travelling on the region's roads.

"The majority of people behaved themselves pretty well," he said.

"The drink-driving figure wasn't too bad - obviously any offence is too many though."

Insp Somerville said the campaign seemed to be very well received by the public, with a focus on high-profile initiatives.

"RBTs were a focus because they can cover such a lot of the fatal five - fatigue, drink-driving - and officers are also looking for seatbelt-related offences at RBTs and it's all high-visibility (to the public)," Insp Somerville said.

He said the tragic Bruce Hwy fatal accident last week had spurred officers on to continue the push for road safety.

FAST FACTS

  • 310 drivers busted overall
  • 15 drink-drivers
  • Four unlicensed drivers
  • 195 drivers busted for speeding offences
  • 96 infringement notices for other traffic offences
  • 5926 roadside breath tests
  • 1600 officer hours logged


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