Speedsters under the gun
EVERY day Rockhampton district police are catching an average of 25 speedsters and two drink-drivers.
In the past 13 days, 321 motorists have been caught speeding (1446 in CQ) during the second phase of the holiday road safety campaign, which began on January 7 and ends tomorrow.
"That's 11% up on last year,'' said Regional Traffic Co-ordinator, Inspector Lyle Mitchell.
During the period 28 drinkdrivers had been nabbed in Rockhampton and 80 in CQ.
Even more alarming was the number of drivers caught on Rockhampton roads not wearing a seatbelt (14).
Inspector Mitchell said there would be an increased police presence on the roads this weekend. "We'll continue with high levels of town operations and highway patrols as people return from vacation,'' he said.
"I can tell you now we'll be on the lookout for unrestrained children in cars,'' Inspector Mitchell said.
"And we'll definitely, absolutely increase traffic patrols around schools to make sure no-one speeds in school zones.
Motorists have to exercise care and caution at this time of year because kids have a tendency to do unexpected things, like running out onto the road when they shouldn't.