Police nab 143 speedsters, 12 drink-drivers in Easter blitz

Police nabbed 143 speedsters and 23 drink and drug drivers during an Easter blitz on Mackay region’s roads.

Mackay District Acting Inspector Damien Wells revealed some preliminary figures following a police operation as part of a statewide road safety campaign.

Inspector Wells said Mackay crews had been actively participating in Tango Easter, which kicked off on Thursday and involved high visibility enforcement.

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“Over that time (up to 7am Monday) we’ve done 790 hours of traffic enforcement,” Inspector Wells said.

“We’ve conducted 6500 RBTS.”

Over the long weekend police busted 12 drink-driver and 11 drug drivers.

“143 speeding fines have been issues,” Inspector Wells said.

“Luckily there’s been no fatal crashes over the period but there have been seven injuries crashes resulting in 12 injuries.”

Inspector Wells said be believed overall the region’s motorists had behaved pretty well.

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“I think overall the motoring public, given the inclement weather and the increased people on the road their driving behaviour has been pretty good across the board,” he said, but added the 143 speeding fines was “unfortunate”.

“We will be actively enforcing the road rules over the every day of the year but this time we were certainly out there in greater numbers.

“That’s resulted in 143 people getting caught.

“None of those were over the high-speed range (40kmh over the speed limit), that’s a positive but every k over is a killer.”

Police will continue their traffic campaign over the school holidays until April 18.

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