Many many drivers on the grog



MORE than 1000 drink drivers have been caught in the Rockhampton district so far this year and police are concerned for driver safety over Christmas.

Senior Sergeant Michael Mckey from the Rockhampton Traffic branch said the figure was a jump of more than 7% compared to the same time last year when 934 drivers had been caught.

And he said of the nine fatal traffic accidents on the district's roads this year three were alcohol related.

Senior Sergeant Mckey said police would have an increased presence on the regions roads over the summer break in an effort to prevent any further tragedies in what is the most dangerous time of year.

"It's a lengthy holiday period and it's the festive season and the downside of that is that there are irresponsible people who choose to get behind the wheel,'' he said.

But drink driving won't be the only focus of the campaign with police again targeting the fatal four ? speeding, fatigue, not wearing seat-belts and drink driving.

"We'd ask people to drive responsibly and also to consider other people who might be on the road,'' Senior Sergeant Mckey said.

He said fatigue was a significant factor in accidents over the holiday period with people travelling long distances to celebrate christmas with loved ones.

"If you are going to drive long distances we'd ask people at least consider what's going to happen if they are driving while tired.



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