Police target 'hot spots' to catch drink drivers

A MAJOR three day police blitz will start today targeting drink and drug drivers in the Ipswich area.  

Drivers should expect to be pulled over at some point between now and Monday with large RBTs to be set up around the city, and along the motorways, as part of a state-wide campaign Operation Stopper.

The police will be targeting known 'hot spots' as well as stopping drivers in random locations.

Just last weekend Queensland Police breath tested more than 20,000 drivers, charged 230 people with drink driving and tested 423 drivers for drugs with 93 of those testing positive.

Ipswich Road Policing Officer in Charge, Senior Sergeant Troy Hamilton said for those who think they can drive and just have a couple - don't.

"If you're going to drink don't drive, if you're going to drive don't drink," Sen Sgt Hamilton said.

"It is the festive season and we acknowledge that a lot of people are out celebrating but it's important that people don't try and calculate their drinks because too often they lose track.

"People think; two standard drinks every hour and they'll be fine but the reality is you lose track. Someone else tops up your drink or you switch to spirits and inadvertently lose track; then go over the limit.

"It's an inconvenience to the driver and puts other road users at risk."

Drink driving contributed to 57 deaths on Queensland roads last year.

This year Queensland's total road death toll is already at 238; three more fatalities than this time last year.  

The 50-day Christmas Road Safety Campaign started on December 9 and will continue until January 27, 2017.



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