Boozy drivers not getting message
JUST hours after police ended a nationwide operation aimed a targeting drink-drivers, a Hervey Bay man ploughed down a backyard fence while almost four times over the limit.
About 10pm Sunday the man, aged in his 40s, was allegedly found hiding in bushes after fleeing from the scene of the accident.
Police allege the man was driving down Bideford Street when he lost control of the car and smashed into the fence.
When found the man was breath-tested and blew 0.21. He was charged with driving under the influence and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
On Friday and Saturday nights police from around the country hit the streets and highways as part of Operation Raid.
In Queensland 24,000 random breath tests were conducted, resulting in 236 drivers being taken off the roads.
Hervey Bay police Sergeant Paul Byrne was among the officers out in force on Friday night.
He said while none of the 80 tests he conducted had a positive result, several drink-drivers were picked up in other areas over the weekend.
They, and the man who crashed into the fence, will join the plethora of Fraser Coast motorists waiting to front the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court for drinking and getting behind the wheel.
Sergeant Byrne said it was “very disappointing” for police to see so many motorists ignoring the road rules.
He said in the lead-up to the Christmas holidays in particular, those sharing the region's roads needed to have a think before putting the keys in the ignition.
He also reminded motorists that anyone found drink-driving would lose their licence and that insurance did not cover boozy behaviour.
Those who blow up to 0.15 have their licences automatically suspended for 48 hours and those who blow over that have their licence suspended until their court appearance.
“Especially over Christmas and new year court might not be back until late January so you don't want to be without a licence for the holiday period,” Sgt Byrne said.
“And if you lose your licence and drive in that time that becomes an even more serious offence.”