Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Police Book 500 in Just Four Days

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Police Book 500 in Just Four Days

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Byline: Amy Remeikis amy.remeikis@scnews.com.au

THE final numbers for the police's Easter holiday road blitz have been tallied and the results are mixed.

While police were fairly happy with drivers on the whole, motorists on Sunshine Coast roads stayed true to type - drink-driving was the second most common offence, after speeding.

The Coast has one of the worst drink-driving records in the state.

In just four days, Coast police arrested 43 drink-drivers.

Most of these arrests came after news of the Coast's 14th fatality of the year, on Good Friday.

Clay Collinson, 28 was killed after a motorcycle crash in Palmwoods.

A further 331 people were caught speeding and despite the extensive campaigns, slogans and warnings, 25 people were nabbed for not wearing a seatbelt.

More than 500 tickets were handed out over the four-day break, with police detecting 903 offences on Sunshine Coast roads across the break.

However, thanks in part to the bad weather as well as increased police patrols, injury crashes were low - considering the extra traffic - with a total of 17 people hurt in 11 crashes. …

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