Police charge drink driver
THE 20-YEAR-OLD driver of a Landcruiser involved in a two-vehicle accident which hospitalised six people in North Rockhampton on Sunday has been charged with drink driving.
Two people remained in Rockhampton Hospital yesterday - one in a serious condition while the other was stable.
Police yesterday said the 20-year-old had recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.131, more than double the legal limit.
He will appear in court on June 15.
Central Queensland Traffic Co-ordinator Acting Inspector Michael Curtin said the accident, at the Berserker and Elphinstone streets intersection, could easily have been a multiple fatality.
The other vehicle, a hatchback, carrying two women, struck a light pole.
“We have lost 28 lives in the central police region this year which is far in excess of previous years,” he said.
The Landcruiser, carrying four men, flipped in the air and badly damaged the awning of a pet shop as it came to rest about 30 metres from the other car.
Inspector Curtin said the link between alcohol consumption and traffic accidents was a major concern.
He said police were continuing to target offenders through key strategies like random breath tests, mobile traffic controls and traffic operations.
“Accidents can occur at any time and in any place and all road users need to be alert of their immediate surroundings at all times.”