SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: Police ran an operation during the holiday period which returned some shocking results.
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: Police ran an operation during the holiday period which returned some shocking results.

Two drivers clocked at 147km/hr during school holidays

TWO drivers were clocked by Dalby police driving at an eye-watering 147km/hr, and one was over three times the legal alcohol limit.

These results were among the most alarming findings during the Dalby Road Policing Unit’s school holiday blitz.

Police were out in between June 26 – July 13, and monitored major highways and arterial roads across the region, searching for the Fatal Five present on our roads – speeding, drink driving, drug driving, inattention, and driving without a seat belt.

Snr const Justin Drier said the results, while pleasing to see, still indicated some negative trends on our roads.

Dalby RPU issued 272 traffic infringement notices in the two week holiday period, 80 per cent of which were speeding offences.

The most alarming results, however, were among the speeding offences.

Snr const Drier said one of the two drivers caught at 147km/hr was driving between Dalby and Chinchilla, and overtook an unmarked police vehicle while speeding.

A breath test revealed their BAC was 0.153 at the time.

The other was caught between Dalby and Bowenville.

“Those two cases were very disappointing,” snr const Drier said.

The most “life-endangering” factor on the roads, according to snr const Drier is speed, but the absence of any fatalities or serious traffic crashes during what is normally a “horror” period on our roads shows that the issue is improving. force

“Anytime we run an operation and we get that, it’s a big win for us,” he said.

“It’s either our presence has deterred people from speeding and possibly causing a crash.

“Even though we run an operation and we get figures and we get 272 tickets, people might look at that and think it’s good, but we look at it and think it’s not really good.

“We would rather go out there, run an operation via police visibility, get near to no tickets, no fatal traffic crashes, and get back and think that we’re happy then.”

If the operation indicates one thing, it’s that police presence has been a proven success, and will continue moving forward.

“Just by us flying the flag, if that stops someone in a car who is looking to overtake and they see the police and think they’d better slow down, we’ve prevented a crash so we’re doing our job,” snr const Drier said.

Three high, low, and middle range drink drivers were caught during the period, along with 12 unlicensed drivers, seven unregistered and uninsured drivers, and two police evades.

“Overall, everyone was pretty good,” snr const Drier said.

“We did get results, but everyone was really good, especially on the highway.

“We didn’t have any major traffic crashes which is a great outcome especially around the school holidays.

“With the borders opening and an influx of traffic, it was really, really good. “


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