News

Campaign to target drink drivers pays off

Snr Sgt Mick Bleakley on Boat Harbour Dr.
Snr Sgt Mick Bleakley on Boat Harbour Dr. Alistair Brightman

A PROMISED police push to get boozy drivers off Fraser Coast streets is being felt in the region's court rooms where record numbers of accused offenders are being brought before a magistrate.

In the space of just a few hours last week, 51 people went through Hervey Bay's Magistrates Court charged with traffic related offences.

With all seats in the public gallery taken, many were forced to stand and join the line, while they waited for their name to be called.

The monster list of drink and disqualified drivers prompted Magistrate Graeme Tatnell to note the number of people currently being targeted by police.

Giving one Hervey Bay mother final notice - Francis Blair blew over 0.20 when she was picked up driving while disqualified - that she would go to jail if she drove again, Mr Tatnell said everyone in the room only needed to look around to realise "it's just too easy for police to catch you now".

Hervey Bay Senior Constable and Liquor Accord spokesman Mick Bleakley said cracking down on Hervey Bay's drink driving culture was currently "paramount".

"We are lucky in Hervey Bay that we have so many services available to pub patrons and people who need to get from A to B," Sen Const Bleakley said.

"There is no excuse to be drink driving here."

Topics:  drink driving, hervey bay, hervey bay court, hervey bay police, maryborough, maryborough court, maryborough police, offenders




Some of our major drug busts on the Fraser Coast

The ecstasy pills and a white substance found in a speeding driver's car.

Only this week 2500 marijuana plants were found at a property

The biggest seizure 'in living memory': police

'We believe we've put a good dent in the drug trade...'

'RVs promise much if we attract them': Letter

Visiting grey nomads bring wealth to communities when they shop for life's necessities.

I am concerned that some councillors still oppose

Latest deals and offers

Johnny Depp 'deeply respects' Amber Heard

Celebrity

Amber Heard gives away $7 million settlement to charity

The true cost of 60 Minutes debacle revealed

It's a bill that would make even a silk tied barrister blush

Maryborough's little link to Hollywood heart-throb Thor

STAR VISIT: Hollywood heartthrob Chris Hemsworth visits Craig Box and his daughter Violet Box at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane. Craig's family originate from Maryborough.

One little girl was lucky enough to meet the movie star

Kirk Douglas is defiant, fierce and still standing

VETERAN ACTOR: Kirk Douglas has had a long and varied career.

Kirk Douglas has out-lived almost all his contemporaries

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.