The school zone outside Rockhampton High School on Exhibition Road.
The school zone outside Rockhampton High School on Exhibition Road. MEGAN LEWIS

Drunk dad speeds in school zone

POLICE yesterday vowed a crackdown on motorists near schools after a Rockhampton man was caught speeding and drink-driving along Exhibition Road on Wednesday.

The Central region’s top traffic officer, Inspector Mike Curtin, said the man was caught doing 59kmh in a 40kmh school zone and recorded a high-range blood alcohol reading of .165% – more than three times the legal limit.

He was caught at 3.25pm.

“It’s very disturbing that the offender in this incident was driving with two young children in the vehicle at the time,” Inspector Curtin said.

The man, 30, will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court at a later date.

Inspector Curtin said police would step up their safety campaign around schools.

“We are going to have a higher police profile,” he said.

“We are concerned about the number of speedsters in school zones and we’ve identified this as a priority within the Rockhampton area.

“We will not compromise the safety of children.”

Meanwhile, Inspector Curtin has also warned Rockhampton motorists against complacency on the road as a new pattern emerges in the region’s fatalities.

He said four of the past five deaths on CQ roads involved locals.

“There’s a perceived complacency among local motorists who think they are safe in their home environment and nothing will happen,” Inspector Curtin said.

“In two of the past five fatalities it’s obvious complacency has been an issue.”

He said anecdotal evidence indicated more motorists were taking risks.

“For example, people doing school routes do these hundreds of times and they start to forget to stop at give way signs or are going a little bit quicker,” Inspector Curtin said.

Last year was a horror year in the Central region with 55 deaths.

February was the deadliest month with 10 deaths, including five overseas tourists in the one accident on the Bruce Highway.

“So far this year there’s been a slight drop in traffic crashes, but it’s still early days,” Inspector Curtin said.

He urged motorists to drive to the conditions, especially given the recent heavy rains and anticipated wet.



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