Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

CQ Drivers Fork out $1.2M in Penalties

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

CQ Drivers Fork out $1.2M in Penalties

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Byline: Adrian Taylor adrian.taylor@capnews.com.au

FINES totalling an estimated $1.2 million have been handed out to nearly 4000 drivers in Central Queensland during the last two weeks.

Motorists were hit in the hip pocket during Operation Spring Break, a crackdown timed to coincide with school holidays when traffic volumes are greater than normal.

Officers conducted 14,500 random breath tests, mostly on urban streets in Rockhampton, Gladstone and Mackay.

And while there were only 98 drink-drivers caught, regional traffic co-ordinator Murray Shields said yesterday the sheer number of traffic offences showed motorists were continuing to flout the law.

Operation Spring Break ended yesterday, as most schools re-opened. But Acting Inspector Shields vowed to keep the pressure on wayward motorists for as long as it took to change attitudes.

"With 2000 speeding offences and a large number of people caught driving unregistered, unlicensed and uninsured, the results of Operation Spring Break are disturbing," he said. …

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