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So drunk he didn't realise he lost a tyre

POLICE officers were left frustrated drivers "aren't getting the message" on day four of the Christmas Road Safety Campaign - Festive Break phase.

In his police car, Constable Hayden Cole notices drivers around him generally behave and stick to the road rules. However, in his own car, the officer from the Mackay Road Policing Unit sometimes can't believe what he sees.

"It frustrates me seeing people make the same mistakes year in, year out as it's obvious people aren't getting the message," Constable Cole explained.

"Even today for instance, it's pouring down with rain and coming to work you see people going through roundabouts sideways.

"Or you'll be driving along doing the speed limit and people come flying past you."

Constable Cole said people believe they're in control and "invincible".

"They don't realise all it takes is that split second decision and you can change multiple people's lives in an instant," he said.

"That concept doesn't get through to some people."

As part of the Queensland Police road safety blitz, Constable Cole worked Christmas Day and said he experienced one of the worst holiday period incidences in his time.

A person hit a roundabout, burst a tyre, but continued driving unaware anything had happened.

That driver blew more than 0.180 and Constable Cole was "outraged" someone could be at that level and still think they're alright to drive.

On Boxing Day, police conducted 9450 RBTs with 37 drivers charged with drink driving.

The highest drink driving reading was 0.339% at Airlie Beach. Officers also conducted 119 roadside drug tests, with 22 drivers returning a positive test.

Almost 80% of Queensland's drug drivers caught on Boxing Day were pulled over in the Central region. Around 2570 speeding fines were issued with one driver allegedly detected travelling at 152kph in an 80 zone at Kelvin Grove.

When asked what message he'd like to pass on to drivers, Constable said to just "slow down".

"People just get frustrated on the roads and if it's getting to that point that's where you make mistakes and stupid decisions...," Constable Cole said.

"Just have a breather, have a break."



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