A police officer monitors traffic with a radar.
A police officer monitors traffic with a radar. ALAN PORRITT

Police crack down on road carnage

CENTRAL region police are ramping up forces this Australia Day in a bid to cut back on road carnage.

During last year’s Oz Day weekend, police issued 607 speeding infringements, conducted over 5000 breath tests and detected 56 drink driving offences.

Central police region traffic co-ordinator Acting Inspector Ewan Findlater said police would be maintaining a highly visible presence on CQ roads over the weekend and into Australia Day, targeting speeding, drink driving and seatbelt offences.

Acting Inspector Findlater said motorists weren’t getting the message.

“Central Region Police have been working extremely hard to make the roads as safe as possible and still drivers continue to ignore the warnings”.

The number of police patrolling the roads as well as the duration of these patrols will be increased.

“Previous results indicate that speeding, drink driving and failing to wear seatbelts continue to be seen by many drivers as acceptable behaviour despite being the main contributors to crashes,” Acting Inspector Findlater said.

The boys in blue will target all of the region’s major highways.



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