14 drivers caught over the limit

POLICE are fed up that the drink-driving message is not getting through, after 14 drivers were caught over the limit during normal random breath testing at the weekend.

More than four of those blew more than double the legal blood alcohol limit, with the worst almost five times over with a reading of 0.224.

The 50-year-old man was caught on the corner of Faldt and Walker streets about 1.40am on Sunday and is now set to appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

Bundaberg Police Acting Inspector Joe Hildred said the drivers caught over the weekend ranged in age from 17 to 60.

“The message does not seem to be getting through to these people,” Acting Insp. Hildred said.

“There will be zero tolerance of drink-driving in the Bundaberg region and people doing so will find themselves going up in front of a court.”

Acting Insp. Hildred said police had not been performing an operation over the weekend and the drink-drivers had been caught by officers during normal duties.

“It's a lot of drink-drivers to have in just one weekend,” he said.

“It is especially bad considering would have been a lot of people travelling around, with it being the last weekend of school holidays.”

The second highest reading police found was a 30-year-old man who blew 0.147.

The man was caught behind the wheel in Woondooma Street at about 3.05pm on Sunday.

But the offenders were not just men.

A 28-year-old woman was found with a blood alcohol content of 0.127 behind the wheel on Tantitha Street between George and Park streets.

For some of the drivers, drinking before getting behind the wheel was not their only crime.

A 20-year-old man was found speeding and with a high blood alcohol reading just before 10.30pm on Friday evening.

Police pulled the man over on Goodwood Road.

Not all of the incidents were confined to the Bundaberg area.

A 29-year-old man was pulled over on Bundaberg-Gin Gin Road, near Maroondan, with a blood alcohol reading of 0.074.

The man was stopped about 8.40am on Sunday.



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