BLITZ: Police conduct breath tests in Mooloolaba.
BLITZ: Police conduct breath tests in Mooloolaba. Warren Lynam

Police say drunk cyclist "accident waiting to happen"

A HELMETLESS cyclist who ran a red light with a blood-alcohol reading more than four times the legal limit, and a man who was driving through Mooloolaba while four times the legal limit, headlined a frustrating weekend for police who blitzed the Coast.

Police officers from Brisbane and across the Coast converged on Mooloolaba on Friday and Saturday nights to send the message that drink-drivers will be caught these holidays.

A 42-year-old Mooloolaba man's car was impounded when he was caught driving on Mooloolaba's Goonawarra Drive with a blood-alcohol reading of .205 at 10.30pm on Saturday. His driver's licence had been disqualified for a prior drink-driving offence.

The highest reading came at 3am yesterday when police stopped a cyclist who ran a red light while riding without a helmet or lights. He blew .220.

"He was an accident waiting to happen," Sgt Brad Cuthbert said.

Police also caught a number of drivers under the influence of drugs and in possession of drugs.

The blitz is part a summer crackdown, aimed at cutting down the number of deaths on Queensland roads.

"This was a targeted operation before Christmas just to remind people the police will be out in force in the Christmas and holiday road safety campaign," Sgt Cuthbert said.

More statistics are expected be released today.


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