Police nab 340 bloody idiots on Sunshine Coast roads
HUNDREDS of drivers loaded with alcohol and blinded by drugs are driving on Sunshine Coast roads.
In just three months of the new year, 340 motorists have been caught drink-driving - that's about four every day since January 1.
The total for the year looks like matching the 1762 drink-drivers nabbed in 2013.
Police aired their frustrations on day five of Road Safety Week- a campaign aimed at halting the carnage on roads and highways.
Police presence has been ramped up, clamping down on poor driver behaviour.
Last night at Mooloolaba, three different major roads were closed for Operation Shutdown as police breath tested more than 1000 drivers.
In a major traffic blitz on Thursday night, the Bruce Hwy was closed at the Shell service stations, while a similar operation was conducted at Steve Irwin Way.
The crackdown, dubbed Operation Lasso, not only rounded up drink and drug-drivers, but yielded nine drug charges and 36 defect notices.
In those operations, seven drink-drivers were caught including truck drivers and P-platers.
On the same night, police undertook extensive ran-dom breath tests at Hilton Terrace at Noosa.
Senior Constable Mark Readman described the results from the traffic operations as concerning.
"If this is how many people we have caught, imagine just how many others are sharing our roads that we don't catch," he said.
"Attending a serious traffic crash or fatality is a hard part of our job, but another hard part is after the accident when I am tasked with going round to a parent's house and telling them they have lost a son or daughter and asking one of them to come to the morgue with me."
The highest blood-alcohol reading this year was on January 13 when police intercepted a 54-year-old man on Steve Irwin Way at the intersection of Foley Rd at Beerwah due to his manner of driving.
When he was breath tested he blew .31% - more than six times the legal limit.
OUR DRIVING SHAME
13/01 Glasshouse Mountains man, 54 blew .31% at Beerwah
02/02 Hervey Bay woman, 21 blew .209% at Maroochydore
06/02 Little Mountain man, 45 blew .255% at Little Mountain
09/02 Warana man, 42 blew .268% at Warana
22/02 Noosaville man, 61 blew .263% at Noosaville
23/02 Cooroy man, 31 blew .205% at Cooroy
23/02 Mooloolaba woman, 36 blew .275% at Mooloolaba
26/02 Beerwah woman, 25 blew .205% at Beerwah
02/03 Little Mountain man, 39 blew .298% at Shelley Beach
09/03 Mudjimba female blew .227% at Noosaville