Southern Qld has state's highest road toll

AS well as Queensland's highest road toll this holiday period, southern Queensland holds the dubious honour of the second highest number of drink-drivers caught in the state over the past seven days.

Southern Queensland police have nabbed 84 drink-drivers from 15,135 random breath tests since December 23. The district was beaten to the worst spot by Central Queensland where 99 boozy drivers were busted.

Police from Ipswich, Toowoomba and Warwick attended 30 crashes where 35 people were injured.

The injuries add to the state's only holiday road deaths - a crash near Cunnamulla that killed a young man and an elderly woman on Saturday.

Fixed cameras and mobile radars have caught 2535 speedsters in the southern police region and officers caught 37 people not wearing seatbelts.

There have been 35 mobile phone offences and 582 other road driving infringements.

One of the state's top traffic cops, Superintendent Dale Pointon, said it was time for the community to put the brake on speeding drinkers and drivers.

"Arrange either to stay somewhere or to get a taxi or get somebody who is sober to driver you," Superintendent Pointon said.

"They're the standard messages - some people get it, some people don't.

"If you look at our statistics on fatal traffic accidents, it's a really high percentage where you'll find speed is a contributing factor."

Acting Police Minister Andrew Powell said it was time drinking and speeding drivers woke up to themselves.

"Speeding and drink-driving are conscious decisions that motorists make that can have devastating ramifications on communities across the state," Mr Powell said.

"Drivers who choose to put the lives of other road users at risk by breaking the law will be caught and prosecuted."

The statistics, up to 12.01am on Tuesday, are part of Queensland Police's Christmas road safety campaign, Operation Crossroads that kicked off on December 23 and ends on Saturday.

The Southern Region covers Ipswich, Toowoomba and Warwick.




Southern police region road safety campaign figures to 12.01am Tuesday.

 Deaths, 2

 Injury crashes, 30

 People injured, 35

 RBTs, 15,135

 Drink drivers, 84

 Speeding fines, 2535

 Seatbelts, 37

 Mobile phone offences, 35

 Other offences, 582

*The region comprises Toowoomba, Ipswich and Warwick.


Source: Queensland Police

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