Sergeant Wayne Smith and Senior Constable Dominic Cremasco of the Warwick Traffic Branch said behaviour on our roads was fairly good over Christmas.
Sergeant Wayne Smith and Senior Constable Dominic Cremasco of the Warwick Traffic Branch said behaviour on our roads was fairly good over Christmas. Georja Ryan

Motorists well-behaved: police

DESPITE police disappointment with the state's driving behaviour on the roads over Christmas, most Warwick motorists played by the rules.

Sergeant Wayne Smith of the Warwick Traffic Branch said he was pleased with local behaviour.

He said Christmas Day was quiet this year, with only a few choosing to disobey the law.

"We gave two out speeding tickets in the morning and there were two tickets given in the afternoon - one for a breach of the weapons act and one for possession of a bong," Sgt Smith said.

"Other than that it's been pretty quiet."

With the Boxing Day races came a flood of patrol vehicles conducting Random Breath Tests throughout the town.

Sgt Smith said the number of people driving under the influence after the races had halved since last year.

"We did about 300 RBT's Boxing Day and got only two drunk drivers out of it, which is pretty good," he said.

"We usually get at least four so it's a pretty good result."

Across the state, 307 motorists have been charged with drink driving since the start of the Christmas holiday blitz which began five days ago, with 49 drivers 0.15% or above, 15 caught drink and/or drug driving and 10 drivers refusing to supply a breath sample as directed.

Queensland police have conducted nearly 37,000 random breath tests and nearly ten and a half thousand motorists have been detected speeding.

Sgt Smith said this phase of the operation would continue until January 3.

"From January 4 to 22 is the second phase and then January 23 to 27 is phase three when the kids go back to school," Sgt Smith said.

"So we will be out in force until the end of January.

"We just ask that people be patient, take regular rest breaks, plan their trips and stop at driver revivers.

"The one in Gladfield will be open until January 2."

He said the overall verdict on Christmas traffic was that "it has been pretty good".

"Speeding is always a major issue with impatience being a big thing, but phones are a major offence - talking or texting," he said.

"Any function of the phone is classed as using it," he said.

With the roads bustling with holiday-makers over the next couple of weeks, the Warwick Traffic Branch urged all motorists to take care while driving, obey speed limits and always drive sober.


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