That's better! part of ongoing road campaign

THE FRASER Coast's drink-driving menaces must have been in hiding for the past two days.

That, or they are finally starting to get the message.

In 14 hours and 3075 breath tests, police caught just four drivers over the legal limit during Operation Maryland - figures that may come as a shock given the region's appalling record.

But while the number of drink-drivers busted during the two-day blitz may seem low, police say it is still four people too many putting lives at risk.

Maryborough District Operations Inspector Daryl Powell is pleading with people not to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

“I implore people not to drink-drive,” Insp. Powell said.

“I'm alarmed at the number of people who continue to risk their lives and those of others.

“Please don't do it.

“Don't put yourself in that situation.”

On Wednesday and Thursday, 30 police officers from the Wide Bay Tactical Crime Squad locked down Boat Harbour Drive at Pialba to do breath tests and licence, vehicle and registration checks for Operation Maryland.

Insp. Powell said the traffic blitz was part of an ongoing road safety campaign by police.

“This operation was never set out to trap drink-drivers - we're already pretty effective at doing that.

“It was a high-visibility operation to send home a message to the motoring public in the rundown to the Christmas period. And, as the need arises, expect more of them.

“There's been 12 deaths recorded on Maryborough District roads for 2009 and we're determined to do our utmost to ensure there aren't any more.”

Police caught 19 drivers for offences including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed and drink-driving and unregistered vehicles.

Three cars were seized and three people were given drug diversions.

A further 46 traffic infringements were issued for speeding, defective vehicles, crossing double lines, undue noise and failing to give way.

“Police are very happy with the outcome of the operation, considering how overt it was,” Insp. Powell said.

“I applaud the commitment and dedication of the police who stood out in the heat and wind in the interest of protecting the motoring public.

“Using that number of police is unsustainable as we do have other priorities, however the commitment to this operation should clearly indicate that we are deadly serious about the high priority of traffic safety.”

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