Praise for road incidents decline

POLICE yesterday praised Rockhampton motorists after a fall in the number of high-range speedsters and drink-drivers on the roads during the past couple of days.

Central Region traffic co-ordinator acting Inspector Rebecca Martin said police had reported a decrease in the number of such serious offences.

However, acting Inspector Martin warned police would be maintaining their presence on the roads and said anyone caught over the limit would be dealt with.

The highest reading in the Rockhampton district came on Christmas Eve when a man, 36, returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.233% – almost five times the legal limit – when police stopped him driving in the CBD.

“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,” acting Inspector Martin said.

She also urged motorists to take care and drive to the conditions when it rained.

It’s been a terrible year for fatalities across the Central district with 53 deaths, including two this month.

This is 21 more than for the same period last year.



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