Record number fined for speeding

POLICE have pledged a heavy presence on Central Queensland roads today for the last day of the Easter-Anzac Day long break.

With most people returning to work or school tomorrow authorities fear today could be movement day as people return home.

The central region’s top traffic officer, Inspector Lyle Mitchell, yesterday said: “It could be an exceptionally busy day.

“We will be out there in force, with a particular focus on highway traffic. People need to slow down and drive to road conditions.”

On Good Friday the Central region recorded 327 speedsters – a one-day record number – when many people started out on their Easter holiday.

On Easter Sunday 160 people were caught speeding.

“It defies belief,” Insp Mitchell said.

“We have warned people about the poor road conditions yet they drive at break-neck speeds.”

A motorist clocked at 156kmh on the Bruce Highway near Gladstone on Sunday is the latest driver that has police shaking their heads.

Two were also caught drink-driving on Yeats Avenue, Blackwater, in the early hours of Sunday.

The first, a 24-year-old Blackwater man, returned a blood alcohol level of 0.144% – almost three times the limit – at 3.19am.

Six minutes later a 21-year-old Emerald man was picked up with a level of 0.130%.

Insp Mitchell said 43 drink-drivers had been caught in the region so far this holiday period.

Last Easter break, which was a day shorter, there was 51.



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