WARNING FOR DRIVERS: Police will be cracking down on drink driving across the downs.
WARNING FOR DRIVERS: Police will be cracking down on drink driving across the downs. Peter Carruthers

Southern Downs drivers taking risks on roads

A SHARP spike of drink driving was detected over the Southern Downs in a seven day period last week, seeing six drink drivers caught.

Killarney police were disappointed drivers are placing themselves and other road users at risk, by continuing to drink and drive. 

Killarney Officer in Charge Sergeant Brad Doyle said it is highly irresponsible to themselves, their passengers and other road users.

The first incident was recorded before midnight Saturday August 11, where a 24-year-old female was intercepted on the Warwick Killarney RD with a blood alcohol content of .091 per cent.

"When questioned the driver stated she had intended on driving to Toowoomba,” Sgt Doyle said.

The reports showed drivers were over the limit at all times of the day.

A 51-year-old Boonah female was stopped midday on Monday August 13 with a blood alcohol content of 0.11 per cent, her licence was immediately suspended.

On Friday August 17 at 9.30pm a 51-year-old male from the Legume area was stopped on the Warwick Killarney Rd and returned a reading of 0.180 per cent.

"He stated he and his passenger had intended on travelling to Warwick,” Sgt Doyle said.

His licence was also immediately suspended and all drivers will face the Warwick Magistrates Court on drink driving charges.

With kangaroo presence at a high Sgt Doyle said there were enough dangers already on the roads.

"The very dry conditions, kangaroos are on the move this time of year. You only have to travel between Murrays Bridge and Warwick to see numerous kangaroos that litter the edge of the road,” he said.

"It is treacherous enough driving on rural roads at night time, let alone attempting to do so whilst nearly four times the legal alcohol limit.”

The state of dangerous drivers in the Southern Downs, Sgt Doyle is encouraging members of the community to attend the upcoming Road Safety Week event.

From August Monday 27 to Friday 31, the Queensland Police and Department of Transport and Main Roads will be conducting information sessions across the South West Region.

It is timely that officers from Queensland Police Service and the Department of Main Roads will speak with Warwick TAFE students about the effects of alcohol and road safety.

Students will have the opportunity to take part in an interactive display using beer goggles and virtual reality experience.

Given last week's disappointing results, Sgt Doyle said police in the area would be targeting drink driving.

"Police in the Killarney and Yangan divisions will continue their commitment to ensuring safe driving behaviours, paying particular attention to impaired driving including drink driving,” he said.   

Motorist can expect to see an increase in police presence out on the roads throughout the week.      



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