DRINK-DRIVING: Drivers put their own life and that of others at risk whenever they drink and drive.
DRINK-DRIVING: Drivers put their own life and that of others at risk whenever they drink and drive. Max Fleet

Police nab 1500 speedsters in four days

FIFTEEN people injured, more than 1500 speeding fines and 27 drink-drivers - it has been anything but a merry Christmas for Central Region police over the past four days.

Mackay officers have been out in force and the statistics are starting to add up.

Since December 23, 15 people have been hurt in 11 car accidents, 27 people have been caught drink-driving from 8110 random breath tests and speed cameras and roadside radars have nabbed 1564 speedsters on central Queensland roads.

The daily tally to 12.01am yesterday saw police work 2514 hours to also catch 15 people not wearing their seatbelts, 34 drivers using mobile phones and 328 others busted breaking a range of road rules.

Superintendent Dale Pointon said regional and rural drivers needed to stick to the speed limits.

0 "There are still some problems with speeding," he said.

"At Christmas time speeding does increase the frequency of accidents and the seriousness of them so please stick to speed limits.

"Conversely, if you're out on a country road and there's not many people around and you feel like a Sunday drive, it's probably still a good idea to stick close to the speed limit and not do 80kmh in a 100 zone.

"Or at least check your rear vision mirror occasionally so if there's people behind you, you can let them go past."

Superintendent Pointon also said seatbelts were still an issue in parts of Queensland - particularly in rural areas.

The statistics are part of Queensland Police's Christmas road safety campaign, Operation Crossroads.



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