Senior Constable Troy Harris with a police radar gun used during the school holidays.
Senior Constable Troy Harris with a police radar gun used during the school holidays. Karleila Thomsen

Cops disappointed by motorists

THE NUMBERS are in and they're not good.

Hervey Bay police have released the crime and traffic statistics for the spring school holiday period.

Sergeant Darryn Morris yesterday said that, while the statistics were comparable to the past two years, it was clear many still weren't getting the message when it came to road safety and petty crime.

“We were very busy,” Sgt Morris said

“Some things were up, some things were down but we were always busy.”

Many of the offenders caught over the holidays were known to police and Sgt Morris said people needed to understand that double demerits applied to some repeat traffic offences.

He said those booked for seatbelt and mobile phone-related offences for the second time would lose six demerit points rather than the usual three.

He also reminded motorists that anyone caught behind the wheel with an expired licence would be charged with unlicensed driving.

One of the most recent traffic offenders clocked up eight charges in one night.

The 34-year-old male from Scarness was arrested on the Esplanade on Sunday night after allegedly attempting to evade police.

When he eventually pulled over he blew 0.077.

He was taken to the Hervey Bay Police Station and later released on bail.

He will front the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on charges of drink-driving, failing to comply with a requirement to stop, driving unlicensed, driving unregistered, driving uninsured, overtaking when unsafe to do so, failing to wear a bike helmet and failing to stop at a red traffic light.

While break and enters were generally down – there were 15 – one of the more bizarre burglaries police had seen occurred last week.

A home in Moolyyir Street, Urangan, was broken into some time last Thursday afternoon.

When the owners returned home they found several things had been disturbed, but the only items taken from the home were, peculiarly, batteries which had been used to power a sex toy.

Anyone with information can phone 1800 333 000.


School holidays crime and traffic stats

  • 130 solved offenses
  • 841 random breath tests
  • 13 drink drivers – Highest reading: 0.212
  • 12 traffic crashes - two with injuries
  • 15 break and enters
  • 19 stealings
  • 28 wilful damages
  • 16 public nuisances
  • 9 drug offenses
  • 101 tickets all up
  • 40 speeding tickets

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