Acting Senior Sergeant Dave Nelson said it was becoming increasingly frustrating for police to encounter drink-drivers, despite the constant warnings.
Acting Senior Sergeant Dave Nelson said it was becoming increasingly frustrating for police to encounter drink-drivers, despite the constant warnings. Scottie Symonds

Top traffic cop labels drink drivers as 'morons'

THE Sunshine Coast's top traffic cop has labelled drink- drivers as "morons" on our roads.

Police locked down several streets in the main areas of Mooloolaba on Friday and Saturday nights as the school holidays began.

Acting Senior Sergeant Dave Nelson said it was becoming increasingly frustrating for police to encounter drink-drivers, despite the constant warnings.

During the operation police charged 33 people with a range of offences as cars were pulled over in the lockdown zone.

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Five people recorded a blood-alcohol reading of more than 0.15% - the highest blew 0.190%.

Ten people were caught driving with a mid-range reading between 0.05% and 0.149% and three people had drugs in their system while driving.

"This is just one area of the Coast, where it was a rainy night and still we get numbers like this," Acting Snr Sgt Nelson said.

"We are dumbfounded at the blatant disregard some drivers have for the safety of others and themselves when these morons get behind the wheel while affected by drugs and alcohol.

"People are lying to us and when we pull them over and they tell us they've only had one drink."

The strong police presence will continue throughout the rest of the school holidays as part of Operation Saturation.

The Noosa North Shore will be heavily policed to ensure the safety of campers and beachgoers.

Police will set up breath testing sites and will also use marked and unmarked vehicles to crack down on speedsters, drink-drivers and defective vehicles.



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