Police shocked by results of drink driver operation

POLICE were shocked by the results of a huge drink driving operation over the weekend.

But for a good reason.

Just one drink driver was arrested from a whooping 1213 random breath tests conducted in a major traffic operation in Hampton and surrounding areas.

The good results follow a positive Easter Road Safety Campaign where the Toowoomba Road Policing Unit caught three people driving while drunk and seven under the influence of drugs from more than 400 random breath tests over the five days.

Friday afternoon's joint operation between the Tactical Crime Squad and Road Policing Command was conducted in Hampton, Crows Nest, Highfields, Cabarlah and Meringandan.

In the crackdown there were an additional three arrests for the offences of driving an unlicensed vehicle, being in possession of mace - a category M weapon and driving while disqualified.

STAY SAFE: Tactical Crime Squad conduct traffic operation at Hampton . Friday 01 Apr , 2016.
STAY SAFE: Tactical Crime Squad conduct traffic operation at Hampton . Friday 01 Apr , 2016. Nev Madsen

A total of six speeding fines were issued with the highest clocking 143km in a 100km zone. One driver received an infringement notice for not wearing a seatbelt and another for unlicensed driving.

Toowoomba police Sergeant Dan Curtin said the operation aimed to tackle the Fatal Five - speeding, drink and drug driving, failure to wear a seatbelt and driving while fatigued.

"It was a successful operation and highly visible," he said.

While Sgt Curtin was pleased with the results, it was not quite zero and the driver issued a fine for travelling 40km over the speed limit could have caused a serious accident.

However it seems after too many unnecessary road-related deaths, these low results show police's message of the Fatal Five could finally be reaching the region's motorists.

Sgt Curtin hoped to see the rest of holidays lived out safely and fatality-free. Police will continue to be out in force.



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