55-year-old man five times over limit over Easter weekend

A FIFTY-FIVE-year-old man blew more than five times the legal alcohol limit in Emerald over the Easter break.

His reading, .235, was the highest throughout the Rockhampton district as of yesterday.

The Traffic Branch's Sergeant David Arthurs said police were out in force across the region and caught 17 drink-drivers, although they conducted more than 2700 random breath tests.

Besides the 55-year-old, a man, 44, also in Emerald, and another, 32, on Farnborough Rd, Yeppoon, were over .20.

Sgt Arthurs said: "Looking at my figures, up until now, tickets are on par with last year."

But drink-driving wasn't the only offence this Easter. Police handed out 237 speeding tickets, 25 tickets for seatbelts and dealt with 14 mobile phone infringements.

"Tickets are up higher this year, but only by about 40," Sgt Arthurs said.

The district had been fatality-free, while there were seven minor crashes in the past four days.

The Easter road blitz wrapped up at midnight yesterday, but drivers were reminded that a school holiday road blitz would start today.

Sgt Arthurs implored motorists to slow down, drive to the road conditions, take breaks if driving long distances, and if drinking, not to drive.

He said most drivers had been responsible this year.

"I've had feedback from other motorists, saying they're quite pleased with how other drivers have been on the roads," he said.


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