Local drivers praised
THE good behaviour of Bundaberg drivers has impressed police over the Christmas period, with just a handful of arrests despite about 2000 random breath tests being carried out.
Bundaberg police Inspector Kev Guteridge said while officers had boosted random breath testing in the region over the four-day Christmas break, only six people had been caught drink-driving.
"Most of those were relatively low readings as well," Insp Guteridge said.
"It has been refreshing."
Insp Guteridge said 142 traffic infringement notices had been handed out in total, with 99 of those for speeding offences.
As well as increasing their presence on the roads, police were out in force on the beaches to remind people that road rules apply just as much on the sand as they do on the bitumen.
"We conducted patrols at Woodgate Beach and Moore Park Beach," Ins Guteridge said.
"We got one drink-driver at Woodgate (on Tuesday)."
The senior officer said the region had seen some dangerous outcomes when people did not follow the rules on the beach.
"Last week we had an incident where a man crashed a quad bike and last year we had one at the Elliott River who had to be recovered by helicopter," he said.
"People need to be very mindful these road rules apply.
"It's an incredibly relaxing place and some people seem to relax in relation to their behaviour."
Insp Guteridge said people were often caught riding quad bikes and trail bikes on the beaches.
"People visiting Coonarr Beach and Kinkuna would see a lot of police activity," he said.
"We regularly conduct operations in the holidays and throughout the year."
Insp Guteridge urged drivers not to forget the road rules when they got to the beach.
"We encourage people in these areas to enjoy themselves but be mindful of others," he said.
"They are not the only ones there and the normal rules and standards still apply."