Tragic start to Easter blitz

A TEENAGER was caught driving so irresponsibly that the wheel of his four-wheel-drive ute lifted off the road when he turned a corner in a city street.

It has been a tragic start to the Easter Holiday Road Safety Campaign after a truck driver was killed in a crash on the Capricorn Highway near Emerald.

Central Queensland regional traffic co-ordinator Acting Inspector Lyle Mitchell said since the start of the blitz on April 13, there had been 14 crashes across the region with four resulting in injuries.

Mobile phone offences have also been high with 11 caught in two days.

Eight drivers have been given infringement notices for failing to wear their seatbelts in Rockhampton over the first two days of the campaign.

Police have carried out 1914 random breath tests across the region, catching 16 drink-drivers and booking 196 drivers for speeding.

Inspector Mitchell said the worst driving offence involved a 22-year-old stopped west of Winton.

He was doing 168kmh in a 110 zone while driving from Mt Isa to Brisbane.

Police are disappointed with the number of young people flouting road rules and “driving like they are bullet-proof”.

Four cars have been impounded in Rockhampton.

Inspector Mitchell said police would give no quarter for those who choose to speed, drive impaired by alcohol or drugs and drove unrestrained.



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