Ten motorists charged during police road safety blitz

SEVEN vehicles have been taken off the roads following a police operation targeting hooning and other traffic offences in an around Hervey Bay.

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Ten people were charged during Operation Sombrero.

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A total of 82 charges and 9 traffic infringements were issued for a range of offences including: Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving, failing to wear a seatbelt and travelling with a limb outside a vehicle – among others.

Of the seven vehicles subject to impoundment or immobilisation, four were seized by police for 90 days and one was seized for forfeiture.

Operation Sombrero was carried out by officers from the Wide Bay Tactical Crime Squad and Maryborough Highway Patrol.

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Maryborough Patrol Group Inspector Paul Algie said the Queensland Police Service had adopted a zero-tolerance approach towards dangerous driving behaviour.

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“I would also particularly like to highlight the exemplary work those officers who have driven the success of this operation showing great tenacity of purpose,” Insp. Algie said.

“While the targeted operation is now closed, officers will continue to generate pressure on offenders moving forward.”

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The ten motorists charged during the operation will appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court and Maryborough Magistrates Court in the coming weeks.

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