Almost 15,000 cop speeding tickets in crackdown

ALMOST 15,000 drivers will this week be regretting their actions behind the wheel, as speeding motorists caught in the past three weeks receive their penalties.

From June 27 to July 18, Queensland Police ran Operation Cold Snap to target distracted and unlicensed drivers on top of its usual "fatal five" of speeding, drink and drug driving, failure to wear seatbelts and driving while tired.

Speed cameras snapped 70,000 drivers, with 14,707 given tickets.

Police also took 217,000 random breath tests with 1280 caught drink driving.

Of 1200 drivers tested for drugs, 96 were found to have narcotics in their system.

Police caught 738 motorists for seatbelt offences and handed out 1353 tickets for drivers using mobile phones.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said with 13 deaths and 850 people injured on Queensland roads during the three-week crack-down, it was "disappointing" that so many were still being hurt or killed on our roads.

"We are constantly amazed at how many people feel the need to speed," Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

"Getting to your destination safely should be your number one priority, not meeting a deadline.  Leave early and give yourself extra time and there should be no reason to speed."


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