Unlicensed and drunk drivers caught in weekend blitz

GLADSTONE police officers made one last concerted effort to crack down on the Fatal Five as Road Safety Week drew to a close at midnight last night.

Another 421 officer enforcement hours were logged from Friday through to Sunday morning, with almost 80 traffic infringement notices issued to motorists throughout the Gladstone district.

Two unlicensed drivers were caught as a result of the operations over the weekend.

A large number of random breath tests were also conducted in a bid to catch drivers who continue to put the lives of others at risk.

Nearly 1900 RBTs were conducted from Friday to Sunday across the Gladstone police district, with nine drivers alleged to have been driving under the influence apprehended.

Seven of those were in the CBD, while two others were detected in Biloela and Calliope.

Officers were locating a drink-driver almost hourly to begin Saturday night, with three men nabbed between 7.30pm and just before 10pm.

The highest reading came from a 47-year-old man who returned an alleged blood-alcohol reading of 0.144 on the Dawson Hwy near Paterson St.

Five men and one woman were located between Saturday night and Sunday morning, with a 41-year-old woman blowing just over the limit about 9am on Sunday.

The woman was alleged to have recorded a reading of 0.054 on Gladstone-Benaraby Rd.

Officers were determined to drive home the message, with all six drivers issued with notices to appear.

Five of the offenders will appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court on April 7, with the exception of a 21-year-old man, who will appear in court on April 14.

Fast Facts

  • Five men and one woman were alleged to have been drink-driving overnight from Saturday to Sunday.
  • The highest reading was from a 47-year-old man who returned 0.144 at 8.30pm on Saturday on the Dawson Hwy.
  • The lowest was a 41-year-old woman who returned 0.054 on Gladstone-Benaraby Rd at 9.05am on Sunday.