Police blitz nabs drink drivers across central district

THERE has been a sharp increase in drink-driving, speeding, mobile phone and seatbelt offences across the central police district over the past few days.

Since Tuesday, 35 people have been busted over the blood alcohol limit, bringing the region's count to 134 since December 23.

Just over 1000 people were caught speeding since Tuesday, bringing the number of fines handed out to 4385 since the Queensland Police road safety campaign kicked off.

Also since Tuesday, 19 drivers have been busted breaching mobile phone rules and 38 people have been caught without their seatbelts.

This puts the total mobile phone breaches at 77 and the seatbelt offences at 82.

Sixty-eight people have been hurt in 50 crashes on the region's roads and police have conducted 29,210 random breath tests.

Police also handed out fines for 1084 other road rule breaches over the eight days to 12.01am on New Year's Day.

"Road safety is a shared responsibility and while police across Queensland are out in force this festive season, motorists are reminded that they literally hold their lives and the lives of other road users in their hands," a police spokesperson said yesterday.

The central police region comprises Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast and Gympie

The statistics part of Queensland Police's Christmas road safety campaign, Operation Crossroads that kicked off on December 23 and ends Saturday.

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At A GLANCE

Central police region road safety campaign figures to 12.01am today

  • Deaths, 0
  • Injury crashes, 50
  • People injured, 68
  • RBTs, 29,210
  • Drink drivers, 134
  • Speeding fines, 4385
  • Seatbelts, 82
  • Mobile phone offences, 77
  • Other offences, 1084

*The region comprises Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast and Gympie

Source: Queensland Police



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