Drink-drivers won't heed warning

IT was a disappointing start to the year on the central region’s roads with 66 drink-drivers caught over the long weekend, including 16 high-range offenders.

Central Region police traffic officer, Inspector Mike Curtin, said police did 6500 random breath tests across the region from New Year’s Eve to yesterday morning.

Seventeen of the 66 were caught in Rockhampton.

Inspector Curtin said of these law-breakers, seven were high-range offenders including a 30-year-old Frenchville woman with a blood alcohol reading of 0.151 after being involved in a traffic crash on Rockhampton Yeppoon Road on Sunday at 7.30pm.

There were two high readings in Emerald over the weekend, one more than four times over the legal limit.

At 10.30pm on New Year’s Eve, a 44-year-old was intercepted on Hospital Road in Emerald and had a reading of 0.285.

At 2am yesterday, a 26-year-old man registered 0.185 at an RBT in Emerald.

Inspector Curtin said despite a disappointing start to the New Year, 2010 was a chance for road users to change bad behaviours in a bid to cut back on the region’s road toll.

Karhl Henselien was one of those apprehended recently.

Yesterday he pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to driving an unregistered and uninsured motorcycle, driving on a disqualified licence, drink-driving and having cancelled number plates.

Henselien, 25, lost his licence in August for drink-driving and then was caught over the limit and on the road again in September.

Constable Darryl Cox said Henselien had a blood alcohol reading of 0.134 and his licence was disqualified for eight months.

Magistrate John McGrath issued Henselien with $1750 in fines and disqualified his licence for two years.




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