Drunks arrested as nationwide blitz hits Gladstone streets

GLADSTONE police made eight arrests for public nuisance offences in the Gladstone CBD on Friday night and 12 on Saturday night as part of a national crackdown.

Six charges for creating public nuisance were made on Saturday night and two people were charged for obstructing police, while another two people were charged for disobeying a move on direction.

Gladstone police also issued two charges for urinating in a public place.

"The fact they have consumed a lot of alcohol is one of the biggest contributing factors," Gladstone's Sergeant Devlin said.

While this initiative was rolled out during the weekend for the seventh time, Gladstone's own scheme to curb alcohol-fuelled offences, Operation Parasol, continues to monitor these behaviours every weekend.

The program is managed by Gladstone Regional Council.

Police across Australia and New Zealand cracked down on offences associated with alcohol misuse in public locations as part of Operation Unite at the weekend.

On Friday night 101 people were arrested between 6pm and 6am, and 294 arrests were made on the second night during the same time for alcohol-related offences in Queensland.

The central Queensland region counted for 41 of those arrests that took place on Friday night, and 47 on Saturday night.

Deputy Commissioner for specialist operations Ross Barnett said people need to be safe and not let their fun get out of control.

"People need to think about their own behaviour and start drinking in moderation. We all have choices and need to take responsibility for our actions."