Police spring surprises on traffic rules flouters

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

POLICE have reported success in Operation Spring Break.

Started two weeks ago in a statewide initiative to promote driver safety over the holidays, it targeted four infractions: speeding, drink-driving, failure to wear seat belts and fatigue.

In the Rockhampton area 3658 breath tests have been taken with 29 drivers ticketed.

A total of 217 tickets have also been issued for speeding and failure to wear a seat belt.

Inspector David Scott said holidays always meant an increase in traffic flow.

"We do place emphasis on highways, but we will also be in the cities and rural areas.''

Inspector Scott said previous holiday records indicated the first and last weekends had the highest potential for accidents.

Despite more patrols, many motorists still maintain unsafe driving attitudes.

A report released by the NRMA, Reality On The Road, shows one in five motorists do not believe speeding increases accident risk.

Daniel Musson, state manager for NRMA Insurance Queensland, said the results were disturbing.

"Our research shows some people believe speed limits are set too low,'' he said.

"The bottom line is there is no safe way to speed.



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