Inspector Lyle Mitchell.
Inspector Lyle Mitchell. Dave Noonan

Police catch drink-driver

A 29-YEAR-OLD Rockhampton man blew three times the legal drink-driving limit during a crackdown on drink-driving and hoons in Parkhurst, Berserker and the CBD.

Regional traffic co-ordinator Inspector Lyle Mitchell said the driver was stopped on Thursday night for a random breath test on the corner of Honour and Diplock Sts.

He blew 0.171% and has been charged with driving under the influence. He was the only drink-driver caught during the eight-hour operation where 100 drivers were breath-tested.

Inspector Mitchell said police issued 28 infringement notices which included failing to display a P-plate sign, failing to wear a seatbelt and speeding.

Queensland Transport staff were also part of the operation and checked for defective vehicles.

Inspector Mitchell said five notices were issued to drivers to repair their cars.

He said Thursday night had been identified as a “problem night” with young drivers misbehaving on the roads.

The operation was an important reminder to young people to obey the road rules, he said.

The importance of safe driving was underlined by an accident in Kawana on Thursday morning. Inspector Mitchell said a 17-year-old driver had crashed into a power pole after he drove too fast around a corner.



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