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Drink driving blitz bags one 1 in 50

A drink driving blitz in Brisbane’s north on Saturday saw one in 50 drivers busted for positive blood alcohol levels, with one motorist blowing more than four times the legal limit.

Police from the Metropolitan North Region conducted Operation Stopper this weekend, targeting drivers in Hamilton and Brisbane City in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings.

They conducted 4382 random breath tests overall, with one in every 69 drivers tested returning a positive result on average over both nights.

The record result of 0.202 was received on Saturday morning, with the highest on Sunday morning being 0.137 percent.

There were also five seatbelt offences detected on Sunday morning as well as 26 other traffic-related offences.

Regional Traffic Coordinator for Metropolitan North, Inspector Jac Feather said the operation revealed “a clear need” for continued drink driving enforcement in the City and Valley precincts.

“Essentially, every 69th driver tested failed the breath analysis instrument and were issued notices to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court,” Inspector Feather said.

“The evidence is overwhelming in terms of the dangers of getting behind the wheel while affected by liquor or drugs, combined with forgetting to buckle up, trying to call mates on mobile phones, going faster than the signed speed limit, and maybe even a little showing off to passengers and the consequences are life changing or life ending.

“Far too many drivers still believe that there is an acceptable risk in leaving licensed premises or home after consuming alcohol and driving their vehicles with little regard for their own lives or the lives of other road users,” Inspector Feather said.

The overall result from the operation sits on the average for these operations Inspector Feather said.

Drink driving operations such as Operation Stopper will continue at countless locations across the City and Valley areas throughout the coming months.  

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