Police blitz catches 73 drivers

HERVEY Bay police dished out 73 traffic infringement tickets on Wednesday as part of traffic blitz Operation Blockade.

Senior Constable Josh Churchward said just under 1700 vehicles were stopped across the city over almost 12 hours.

In total, 73 drivers were pinched for various traffic offences including four drink-drivers, four for unlicensed driving and one for possessing dangerous drugs.

A learner driver, required to have a no alcohol in their system, blew .04 and one car was impounded for 48 hours.

“It’s disappointing to be continually catching drink drivers,” said Snr Const. Churchward. “Everyone should be well aware alcohol is a major factor in many of our fatal traffic crashes.

“It’s not rocket science ... however people continue to put their lives and lives of other community members at risk.”

Snr Const Churchward said the operation’s first phase targeted entries and exits to Hervey Bay, the second hot spots for traffic offending and the third the CBD.



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