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Speed demons, drunks, druggie drivers caught in blitz

Senior Constable Matt Loudon and Fraser Coast Police will be enforcing safe practises on the roads this Christmas. Expect to be tested for speeding, drinking and drug taking.
Senior Constable Matt Loudon and Fraser Coast Police will be enforcing safe practises on the roads this Christmas. Expect to be tested for speeding, drinking and drug taking. Valerie Horton

THREE drivers have been caught travelling more than 40kmh above the speed limit in just ten days, leaving police stunned by their brazen disregard for the law.

One 19-year-old man was clocked 51kmh over the speed limit on Cooloola Coast Rd and a female driver was travelling 127kmh in the 80kmh crash zone on the Bruce Hwy at Tinana - all during the annual Christmas Road Safety Campaign which started on December 11.

In the same period another three people have been caught more than three times the legal alcohol limit - the highest reading a whopping 0.180% blood alcohol concentration.

Maryborough Patrol Group officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Tony McCarthy said a 22-year-old man was also stopped on the Bruce Hwy travelling at 146kmh in the 100kmh zone.

"I think they are all crazy," Snr Sgt McCarthy said.

"I can't see any reason for them to be doing that speed."

Police have issued a total of 83 speeding tickets since December 11.

It's been a horror start to the Christmas period on the roads with a fatal crash near the Craignish Country Club last Tuesday.

Raymond Burke, 63, was killed as he tried to leave the driveway of the club.

Police are still investigating the crash but have determined speed was a contributing factor to the smash.

Snr Sgt McCarthy said along with speeding, police would not tolerate those who drive while intoxicated.

Since the start of the Christmas Road Safety Campaign in the Maryborough region 15 people have been charged for drink driving - including three more than three times the legal limit.

The highest of those was a man stopped in Walker St, Maryborough with a BAC of 0.180%.

A 34-year-old female driver was also stopped on Boat Harbour Dr in the early hours of a morning with a reading of 0.174%.

He said another male driver was stopped on the Bruce Hwy one evening with a blood alcohol content of 0.165%.

Another three drivers blew between 0.10% and 0.15%.

"These drivers have got to the point where (the alcohol) is endangering their own health and then they get behind the wheel," he said.

Police have also caught five drug drivers, six people who failed to stop at stop signs and three people not wearing a seatbelt.

"It's more about road safety than fines," he said. "We do not like to give fines but we do like to save lives."

He urged people to obey the Fatal Five by not speeding, wearing a seatbelt, not driving distracted, not drink or drug driving and not driving tired.

Topics:  bruce highway, speeding



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