Driver five times over the limit

POLICE caught a Rockhampton man, 40, drink-driving while almost five times the legal limit early yesterday.

The region’s top traffic officer, Acting Inspector Rebecca Martin, said the man’s car, was pulled over in the Yeppoon area about 45 minutes into the new year.

The driver recorded an alcohol blood content of .247% and will appear in court later this month.

Acting Inspector Martin said it was disappointing to see someone so drunk behind the wheel.

“Obviously we are very disappointed people are driving when they are that far over the legal limit,” she said. “At that level a driver would be well aware they are over the limit.”

She said the driver’s reaction time would have been affected.

With police out in force for the New Year the man was one of 19 drink-drivers detected across the central region from midnight to 10am yesterday.

Acting Inspector Martin said police would continue to be patrolling in force this weekend.

The highest speed reported yesterday was 118 kmh in an 80 kmh zone on the Bruce Highway, near  Gladstone.

This follows a Rockhampton speedster who was clocked at 110 kmh in a 70 kmh zone on a wet and slippery road on Wednesday night.

The vehicle was intercepted along Moores Creek Road, North Rockhampton, near the Feez Street roundabout about 7pm.

It is understood this driver faces an automatic six-month suspension and a fine.

2009 was a shocking year on Rockhampton district roads with 21 fatalities.



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