Police issue drink driving warning

FRASER Coast police are using two recent high range drink driving cases to remind motorists that road safety is a collective responsibility.

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This after two motorists were intercepted in Hervey Bay within a 24-hour period for allegedly getting behind the wheel while over the legal driving limit.

A police spokesperson said it’s important for motorists to remember the fatal five.

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The spokesperson said road safety was everyone’s responsibility and reminded motorists they could be pulled over for a random breath test “anywhere and at any time.”

Drive safe, don’t drink and drive.

Senior Sergeant Melanie Ryan said Hervey Bay police officers conducting vehicle patrols intercepted a vehicle along Boat Harbour Drive in Urangan at 12.06am on May 28 for a random breath test.

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Snr Const Ryan said the 25-year-old Darling Downs man allegedly registered over the legal limit and was transported to the Hervey Bay Watch House where he allegedly registered a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.197 per cent – or four times over the limit.

“He was charged with high range drink driving and is due to appear in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on June 23,” said Snr Const Ryan.

The second driver was pulled over on Bideford Street in Torquay at 4.17pm on the same day – also for a random breath test.

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Snr Const Ryan said the 48-year-old Hervey Bay man allegedly blew over the limit and was taken to the police station where he allegedly registered a BAC of 0.252 per cent – or five times over the legal limit.

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He was charged with high range drink driving and is also due to appear in court on June 23.

The fatal five are considered the top five causes of fatal crashes on Australian roads and include speeding, intoxication (drugs and/or alcohol), failure to wear a seatbelt, driver fatigue and distraction.

According to police statistics 126 drink driving cases were registered in the Hervey Bay Division in the first four months of 2021.

Some 54 cases were registered in the Maryborough Division during the same period.

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