Driver caught 3x over limit

THE stupidity of a Gold Coast woman who was caught drink-driving in the Rockhampton district twice overnight Monday has prompted police to issue a seasonal warning about road safety.

Police say the woman, 41, recorded a blood alcohol reading of .144%, nearly three times the legal limit, after she was pulled over at a random breath test about 11pm at Marlborough, 60 km north of Rockhampton.

A few hours later she was caught again.

This time in North Rockhampton, where she recorded a road-side reading of .064% about 4.15am on Yaamba Road.

She was taken back to Rockhampton’s police station but refused to provide a further specimen of breath.

She was charged with drink-driving, failing to provide a specimen of breath and driving while suspended.

The woman will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court early next year.

Yesterday, the region’s top traffic cop Inspector Mike Curtin said this was another case of bad driver behaviour on the region’s roads.

It has been a horrific year to date with 51 fatalities and Inspector Curtin wants drivers to get the message they have to obey road rules.

Police captured 48 drink-drivers on the weekend across the central region.

“Firstly, it’s very frustrating,” Inspector Curtin said.

“Secondly, we are having behaviour issues with drivers that could have been prevented.

He said people should think about the devastating effect causing a fatality would have on their lives before disregarding road rules.

Last Friday police joined other emergency services to launch the region’s road safety campaign for the festive season.

“It’s that time of the year where people tend to socialise a lot more heading into Christmas,” Inspector Curtin said.

“They need to plan there evenings and make use of the public transport system.

“There will be increased RBTs.”

He said so far this year about one of every 108 people breathalysed in the central region had been drink-driving.

This ratio is in line with the state average.

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