Police conduct random breath testing on the Brisbane Valley Hwy outside Fernvale State School.
Police conduct random breath testing on the Brisbane Valley Hwy outside Fernvale State School. Claudia Baxter

Testing time for police on highway

A MAN clocked at 170kmh in a 70kmh zone in Yamanto was one of 8000 lead-footed drivers caught speeding over the Easter weekend across Queensland.

Ipswich police continued to patrol the motorways yesterday as the Easter period came to a close.

Police conducted roadside breath tests along the Brisbane Valley Hwy on Saturday and other locations over the weekend and throughout Queensland officers were out in numbers ensuring the road toll was kept to a minimum.

Commissioner Atkinson said across Queensland 238 drivers have been detected drink driving, six drug driving, 3057 speeding, and 156 failing to wear a seatbelt.

"It is always disappointing to see people drink driving, speeding, and failing to wear seatbelts over the holidays. These are all major contributors to road trauma," he said.

He urged motorists to display patience on the trip from yesterday afternoon, with heavy traffic expected.

"Another issue is frustration as congestion slows the trip home. Please, think before overtaking slower vehicles. Too many people die or are injured in crashes caused by overtaking into oncoming traffic."

He urged drivers to show respect for fellow motorists.

"If everyone on the roads can show a little consideration for other drivers, we have a much better chance of getting everyone home in one piece, and making it an Easter to remember for all the right reasons."



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