Kevin Farmer

Crackdown on drunks and hooligans

POLICE made 41 arrests in a central Queensland area that includes the Sunshine Coast, in day one of a two-day operation targeting drunken and anti-social behaviour.

Operation Unite involved 90 police officers, who conducted 703 random breath tests, detecting 15 drink drivers, and found 10 liquor infringements and two assaults in the region.

The central Queensland area stretches north to Rockhampton. A breakdown for figures for the Sunshine Coast was not available.

Operation Unite, which was conducted across Australia and New Zealand, is a high visibility policing operation aimed at preventing and reducing the impact of these offences and activities on the community.

"Across the state, uniformed and plain clothes officers, mounted unit officers, were involved in targeting these areas," Deputy Police Commissioner Ross Barnett said.

"It is important for us to stress that we are not suggesting these precincts are an issue, it is the people who drink to excess and come to these areas intentionally to cause trouble that we are targeting."

Day two of the operation started at 6pm yesterday and was to finish at 6am today, police said.


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