Nine caught on Christmas Eve

A ROCKHAMPTON man’s Christmas celebrations came to a halt on Thursday night when he was caught drink driving – the region’s highest reading this holiday season.

The 36-year-old man was almost five times the legal limit when police stopped him driving in the Rockhampton Central Business District.

He had a blood alcohol reading of 0.233%.

The man was one of nine drink drivers to be caught on Christmas Eve by police across the district who conducted more than 1600 random breath tests that day.

Christmas Eve’s bloody idiots take the holiday drink driving total to 68 caught.

Fifteen of those drivers had readings more than three times the legal limit of 0.05%.

The second highest reading was from a 49-year-old man who blew 0.227% when intercepted on Saturday morning in Sarina.

A 20-year-old Gracemere man was also detected with a reading of 0.209% in the Rockhampton city area in the early hours of Sunday morning.

And a 45-year-old Cairns man was caught driving with a reading of 0.187 in Blackwater at 12.15am on Wednesday.

Rockhampton traffic branch police also nabbed a 25-year-old man speeding on the Bruce Highway near Marlborough on Thursday.

He was clocked at 144kmh in a 100 zone.

Police are urging motorists to take public transport or nominate a designated driver instead of risking drink driving during the Christmas period.

Central Region traffic co-ordinator acting Inspector Rebecca Martin said the number of drink drivers detected in the seven days since the National Christmas Road Safety campaign started on December 18 was a significant concern for police.

“If you are going to drink, then plan not to drive,” she said.

“Leave the car at home and catch a cab, or get someone to act as designated driver.”

Acting Inspector Martin said Christmas was a time when alcohol consumption typically increased.

“People are travelling more, celebrating more and crashing more. The great tragedy of road deaths, especially at Christmas, is that they are preventable.

“We want to send a very strong message to drivers that irresponsible behaviour on our roads will not be tolerated, particularly this holiday season – and drinking and driving is simply not acceptable.

“If you drink and drive you will be caught.”

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