Drivers nabbed morning after NYE

REVELLERS were still going hard yesterday morning after a massive night of New Year’s Eve celebrations across the Fraser Coast.

While police were kept busy on Thursday night trying to keep public order, yesterday they were just trying to keep people safe.

“The concerning thing is that people were being caught drink-driving the morning after,” Hervey Bay’s Sergeant Peter Bennet said.

“People have got to be very aware that it takes some time to get the alcohol out of their system, even if they have had a sleep.”

Hervey Bay police caught three drink-drivers before noon yesterday but only one after 10pm on New Year’s Eve.

Sgt Bennet said Maryborough District police issued 16 Liquor Accord notices across the region overnight.

In Hervey Bay seven people were arrested in relation to various offences.

“Police issued about 10 notices to appear in court for offences including unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possessing drugs, urinating in public, serious assault of police, contravening a direction and public nuisance,” Sgt Bennet said.

“There were still quite a few people being disorderly through the morning.

“But the new year crowd was generally well behaved.”

Maryborough police were also kept busy trying to ensure revellers had a safe new year.

“Most of the offences were public order offences, mainly related to liquor,” Maryborough Sergeant Paul Behne said.

“There were a number of assaults outside hotels and one person has been charged with assault.

“Other incidents have not been officially reported yet, either because they were drunk at the time or had to attend the hospital.”

Sgt Behne said only one motorist was caught drink-driving in the Maryborough area, on the Bruce Highway at Howard yesterday morning.

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