Hundreds nabbed for speeding, drink driving

Police have conducted over 5000 roadside breath tests across the Sunshine Coast since March 26 with one in every 80 recording a positive test.

Police also issued more than 184 speeding related infringement notices as part of ‘Operation Regain’, which aimed to reduce fatalities and serious accidents.

Senior Sergeant Shane Panoho, the officer-in-charge of Highway Patrol said the results of the operation were disappointing.

“During the operation over 500 drivers a day have been subjected to a RBT with one in every 80 drivers tested returning a positive reading over the prescribed legal limit,” Senior Sergeant Panoho said.

One of the highest readings recorded for the operation was on Sunday, April 3, when police intercepted a 45-year-old Yandina Creek woman on Eumundi Noosa Road, Eumundi.

The driver was taken to the station for a further test which returned an alleged reading of 0.235 per cent BAC.

Other frequent infringement notices issued across the period were for defective vehicles, unregistered vehicles and disobeying of a stop sign.

The district made 78 arrests with 87 charges in regards to traffic related matters.

Senior Sergeant Panoho further stated that every day during the last 10 days of Operation Regain, 46 drivers were issued a traffic infringement notice for poor driving behaviours, placing themselves and all other road users at risk.

Additionally, 316 drivers completed a roadside drug tested (RDT) during the operation with 76 returning a positive result to a relevant drug being present in their saliva.