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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."

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