Woman fights for her life
By MIKARLA THURECHT ? AN EMERALD woman was still fighting for her life in a Brisbane hospital yesterday following a car accident at the weekend. The accident capped off what police are describing as an "horrific weekend'' on Central Queensland roads.
Acting Regional Traffic Co-ordinator Inspector Mark Henderson said any hopes of continuing with an incident-free third long weekend in CQ had been dashed.
"We had three drink drivers on the first night and three injury traffic accidents,'' he said.
Inspector Henderson said the Emerald accident had been the most serious, leaving a 21-year-old in hospital after she lost control of her car and hit a tree 16km north of Emerald on the Gregory Highway about 12.45pm on Saturday.
The woman was taken to Emerald Hospital and then Rockhampton Hospital and is now believed to be receiving treatment in Brisbane. Her condition was unknown late yesterday.
Inspector Henderson said a total of 179 traffic tickets had been handed out in the Rockhampton region over the weekend, which included 124 speeders and 22 drink drivers.
He said an Anakie man had blown the highest reading, almost six times the legal limit, at 0.29%.
"It's extremely disappointing. It's not acceptable.''
Inspector Henderson said an accident near Mackay on Saturday which claimed the lives of five people was further proof drivers needed to change.
"While people continue to speed and drink drive, lives will be lost.
"It may be their life or the life of a loved one next time. Please slow down and stop drinking.