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A Weekend In The Life Of Traffic Cops

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The Cairns Road Policing Unit has nabbed a few drivers doing the wrong thing in recent times.  

Last Friday, a 55-year-old Stratford man was charged with one count each of failing to remain, failing to provide a specimen of breath, and driving whilst over the middle alcohol limit.

RPU officers initially intercepted the Stratford man at a static RBT site on Aeroglen Drive, Stratford at 9.40pm when he allegedly drove away before turning into a side street.

Officers conducted patrols, locating the vehicle on Keeble Street at Stratford minutes later, where the man allegedly refused to provide a roadside breath test.

The man was arrested and transported to Cairns Police Station for a breath analysis.

It will be alleged he provided a specimen of breath for analysis and returned a reading of 0.117 per cent BAC.

He is scheduled to appear at the Cairns Magistrates Court on July 8.

RPU officers were patrolling the Yarrabah area on Saturday morning when they conducted a vehicle intercept on Back Beach Road at around 9.15am.

A 22-year-old learner driver allegedly returned a positive roadside breath test, and a subsequent test allegedly returned a breath alcohol reading of 0.205 per cent BAC.

The man was issued with a Notice to Appear in the Yarrabah Magistrates Court on June 26 where he is expected to face charges of driving a vehicle whilst under the influence of liquor, driving a vehicle with a passenger unrestrained, driving unaccompanied on a learner permit, failing to produce a driver license and failing to display learner driver plates.

A Redlynch man was fined after he was intercepted on the Bruce Highway at Mount Sheridan on Saturday evening.

It will be alleged the 19-year-old provisional licence holder was travelling north on the Bruce Highway, doing 122 km/h in an 80km/h zone.

He was fined $1,218 and will receive eight demerit points along with a six month automatic high speed suspension.

A 49-year-old Mooroobool man was charged early on Saturday morning following a traffic intercept on McCoombe Street at around 12.40am.

The driver allegedly returned a positive roadside breath test and subsequently returned a breath alcohol reading of 0.216 per cent BAC, more than four times over the limit.  

He was issued with a Notice to Appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on July 8, where he will face a charge of driving under the influence of liquor.

A 31-year-old Mooroobool woman was charged early Sunday morning following a traffic intercept on Aumuller Street at around 1.30am.

It will be alleged the woman’s vehicle was detected travelling at 78km/h in the 60km/h speed limit zone along Gatton Street.

She returned a positive roadside breath test and checks indicated her driver licence was demerit point suspended.

The woman was transported to Cairns Police Station and where she returned a breath alcohol reading of 0.050 per cent BAC.

She was issued with a Notice to Appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on June 26, where she will face a charge of driving a motor vehicle whilst over the general alcohol limit, disobeying the speed limit and driving whilst demerit point suspended.

With the Far North District road toll presently sitting at a staggering 14 fatalities, it’s up to all of us to play a role in preventing this figure from climbing any higher.

Police are urging us to drive to the conditions, exercise patience and respect, and keep in mind the Fatal Five of excessive speed, drink or drug driving, wearing seatbelts, not driving whilst fatigued, and not driving whilst distracted.