Police blitz to be ongoing
IN light of problems the Burleigh Heads foreshore has faced with drunken youths after dark, a mammoth police blitz at the weekend rendered pleasing results. Gold Coast Acting District Superintendent Jim Keogh said Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta had emerged as the "well-behaved" spots of Operation Wasp, designed to take the sting out of anti-social behaviour from Coomera to the border. The blitz began last Friday night with 80 officers from uniform and traffic branches as well as plain-clothed officers from CIB and JAB, who were firmly focused on the Broadwater car park at Southport, Surfer Paradise CBD as well as Burleigh and Coolangatta. Acting Supt Keogh said minimal offences at Burleigh and Coolangatta had been overshadowed by events at the Broadwater, where police swooped on defective vehicles, public drinking and other anti-social behaviour. During the operation, 674 breath tests were conducted with 23 arrests for drink-driving. Sixty-five people were caught drinking liquor in a public place while 32 people were nabbed for being public nuisances. Police seized three vehicles, issued 50 notices for defective vehicles and caught 60 motorists speeding. Acting Supt Keogh said an apparent improvement in behaviour on the Southern Gold Coast could be due to increased awareness about Queensland's differing laws on alcohol consumption in public places to NSW. "It's a sign that some people are realising that while you can drink (in a public place) in NSW, this is not so in Queensland ? they have just realised you can't drink freely in the park, which is much to their credit," he said. Acting Supt Keogh warned the operation was ongoing.