Central region traffic co-ordinator Acting Inspector Steve Hall
Central region traffic co-ordinator Acting Inspector Steve Hall Allan Reinikka

'Drive with fear'

ROCKHAMPTON police have called in the big guns, as traffic offenders in the region continue to miss the message.

The Queensland State Traffic Task Force has been in Rockhampton since Monday and as of yesterday morning had already caught 350 traffic offenders in the Central Region.

Central region traffic co-ordinator Acting Inspector Steve Hall said more than 160 of these had been for speeding and the rest were other life-threatening offences such as using mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts.

"One offender was caught doing more than 40kmh over the speed limit in a 100kmh zone," he said yesterday.

Insp Hall said the task force had also conducted more than 500 random breath tests in the past two days.

"We've had a pretty good result from that, with less than a dozen drink drivers caught," he said.

"So that's one positive."

The task force, who are easily recognisable in their high visibility Commodores, will be in Rockhampton until tomorrow as part of phase three of the police's road safety campaign.

With more than 500 infringement notices issued during the Christmas and new year period of the campaign, Insp Hall said it was clear people were not getting the message.

He said the task force was called in to supply local police with help in enforcing the fatal four - speeding, alcohol, fatigue and seatbelts.

Insp Hall said he hoped the presence of extra crews would stop potential offenders.

"Hopefully we can achieve a bit of education through fear," he said.



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