Cyclist charged over RBT

A SUSPECTED drunken cyclist, pedalling along Quay St in the early hours yesterday, will front court on a serious charge after refusing to provide a breath specimen.

A police spokeswoman yesterday said the Rockhampton man, 22, faced penalties equivalent to recording a major drink-drive level if found guilty.

Police were out in force across the Rockhampton district at the weekend as part of Operation Unite, a crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour across Australia and New Zealand.

The spokeswoman said it appeared the high police presence prevented many problems at nightclubs.

All up 14 people will face 18 charges following incidents in and around venues across the district, which includes Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Mt Morgan, Gracemere, Emerald and Blackwater.

A further 70 traffic infringement notices were issued after 180 random breath tests.

The spokeswoman said extra police patrolled from 6pm to 6am overnight Friday and Saturday.

Police attended more than 40 premises.

The highest range drink-driver was .174% on Opal St, Emerald shortly before midnight on Friday.

Across Queensland, more than 140 people were charged with drink-driving.

More than 1655 uniformed and plain-clothed Queensland police hit the night-time hot spots.

In addition, 602 traffic infringement notices were issued.



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