One drink driver caught in yesterday's RBT on Capricorn Hwy

THE WEEK didn't get off to a great start for one driver yesterday morning who was caught drink-driving on the Capricorn Hwy.

Between 7am and 10am yesterday police conducted a number of RBTs with drivers travelling from Gracemere into Rockhampton.

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The Morning Bulletin received a number of calls and social media reports throughout the morning about the RBTs causing lengthy delays in traffic.

But Rockhampton's Road Policing Unit Senior Sergeant Ewan Findlater said conducting RBTs at random was the aim of the strategy.

"Anywhere at any time is the aim," Snr Sgt Findlater said.

"Previously we've conducted similar interception sites on the Capricorn Hwy during mid-week and we've detected a number of offences. One person was charged with drink driving yesterday.

"It's unfortunately common to get offenders on a weekday because they've had a big night the night before and think they've slept it off.

"We appreciate that these operations impact on traffic flow and we attempt to minimise those impacts but it's important people see police targeting the offenders."

The offender recorded a mid-range reading.

Snr Sgt Findlater said police would be out in force over the Easter break.

"There's a major increase in traffic flow in the Easter period which increases the chances of traffic trauma.

"Police will have a strong presence on the roads in the coming days to try and reduce any traffic incidents," he said.

The Rockhampton Road Policing Unit will launch an Easter road safety campaign today.

EASTER 2014

From RBTs taken between Thursday, April 17, and Monday, April 21, 2014, in the Capricorn District.

Police distributed over 700 infringements.

Police conducted over 7200 RBTs between April 17 and April 21.

Police detected 20 drink drivers over the five days.

There were 22 reported traffic crashes.

Nine injury crashes.

There were no fatals reported in those five days.



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