Police warn motorists ahead of road safety blitz


Speeding motorists and drink drivers on remote and rural highways will be targeted as part of police safety blitz

September 17, 2010

Speeding motorists and drink drivers on remote and rural highways will be targeted as part of safety blitz in central Queensland.

To run from the beginning of the September school holidays until October 4, the operation will boost police presence on town roads and highways in areas such as Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mackay and Bowen.

Acting Inspector Neil Shillington says speed cameras last year detected 1264 people speeding, while another 2105 speeding infringements were issued to vehicles.

"The long distances traveled in the region means motorists often drive fatigued or speed to get to their destination quickly," he says.

Shillington urged motorists to take responsibility by slowing down and driving to conditions. He says police will be conducting random breath tests in towns and on highways to catch drink-driving offenders.

"Motorists need to realise that when they decide to disobey the road rules their decision not only puts their own lives at risk but potentially threatens the life of all other road users," he says.

"We make no apology for using whatever tool is available to prevent further trauma on the roads and our aim this September holidays is to keep the central region fatality free."


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