With tourist season in full flight the month of July saw Police Officers from Burketown conduct road safety operation “Get home safe”.
This was an initiative which aimed to reduce crashes and casualties on Burketown roads and ensure everyone got to their intended destination safely.
Police conducted a number of vehicle intercepts and performed roadside breath tests, licence checks and registration checks.
They also spoke to drivers and offered advice about road safety. Some offences detected were drink drivers, driving unregistered vehicles and learner driver not accompanied.
Ten charges were laid in all with some traffic and liquor infringement notices.
Police were most concerned to detect a 38-year-old male learner driver, driving a vehicle a short distance from Burketown State School at 3pm on a weekday whilst nearly 5 times over the alcohol limit.
He is to appear in Doomadgee Magistrates Court on August 8 for high range drink driving in addition other traffic matters.
At the commencement of the operation, police recorded that a staggering 17 per cent of the interactions they had with drivers identified offences were been committed.
This drastically reduced to 3 per cent during the second phase of the operation.
Police feel an increase in community awareness and education during the operation are to thank for this and are continually urging drivers to do the right thing and ‘Get home safe.’