Rider fighting for his life
A 20-year-old Gracemere man is fighting for his life in hospital after a horrendous New Year's weekend on Central Queensland roads.
The man's horrific motorcycle accident in Rockhampton yesterday follows the death of a 16-year-old girl near Marlborough on Friday, who had been driving with a fake licence.
On Saturday, a 20-year-old man had his car confiscated after a dangerous hooning incident in Rockhampton's CBD.
A 54-year-old man blew .305 in Gladstone ? more than six times the legal alcohol limit and at Blackwater, an 18-year-old man was arrested for driving on the wrong side of the road while under the influence of liquor.
THE Gracemere motorcyclist was in a critical condition last night in Rockhampton Hospital's intensive care unit after crashing his 250cc Honda (pictured) yesterday in a single-vehicle accident on Gladstone Road, near the Port Curtis Road turnoff, about 6am.
He suffered severe injuries including internal bleeding, a broken leg and a bad stomach tear.
Regional Traffic Co-ordinator Inspector Lyle Mitchell said shortly before the accident witnesses had reported seeing the bike travelling at speed, before the rider lost control on a bend.
The speeding allegation had not been officially confirmed.
Shortly before 3am on Saturday, tough anti-hooning laws were enforced when the driver of a Ford Falcon XR8 (see inset Page 1) led police on a pursuit. The driver allegedly performed a burnout outside Rockhampton's Stadium Nightclub, which resulted in screeching tyres and a large amount of smoke.
Police on foot patrol directed him to stop but he continued along William Street, allegedly running a red light at the intersection with Bolsover Street.
He allegedly abandoned the car near the intersection with Alma Street and fled, but was apprehended shortly afterwards after a struggle with police.
His car was impounded for 48 hours and he was charged with numerous offences.
Inspector Mitchell said security camera footage showed the vehicle had swerved to avoid police officers who walked onto the road in a bid to intercept it.
"The nightclubs had just enforced the 3am lockout and there was a large number of pedestrians using the area at the time,'' he said.
The Gladstone drink-driver was intercepted at 2.40pm on Saturday by the Gladstone Traffic Branch on the Dawson Highway.
Blackwater police intercepted an 18-year-old's utility, which had three 15-year-old male passengers, when they saw it driving on the wrong side of the road in Blackwater, at 11.30pm on Saturday. The driver was charged with drink-driving, driving on the wrong side of the road and driving with an expired learner's permit.
Inspector Mitchell said the number of young motorists involved in accidents and committing offences was concerning.
"It's worrying that the most at-risk group continue to put themselves in danger by taking unacceptable risks,'' he said.