Shute Harbour Road an RBT target

PROSERPINE Magistrate Athol Kennedy has said he was constantly bewildered by the increasing number of drink drivers caught on Shute Harbour Road.

He said the main road was a major random breath test target area and people would continue to get caught if they drink and drive.

“Police in Airlie Beach are either breaking up fights outside pubs or breathe testing on Shute Harbour Road,” he told Proserpine Magistrat'es Court on Monday.

“Why does anyone ever drive on Shute Harbour Road with alcohol in their system?”

He said the majority of drink driving cases heard each week in the Proserpine Magistrate's Court took place on this main road and he wanted it to stop.

Whitsunday police senior sergeant Steve O'Connell said this week that police did traffic patrols on any day of the week.

“If you drink and drive around here you are a fool,” he said.

“With only one main road the chances of getting intercepted at some stage are extremely high.”

Snr Sgt. O'Connell also said police patrolled the back streets too.

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