10 May 2023

Police blitz in Weipa yields results

| Matt Nicholls
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A TARGETED blitz on road and marine safety in Weipa proved fruitful for police over the Weipa Fishing Classic weekend as visiting officers cracked down on local motorists doing the wrong thing.

Road police came from Brisbane, Cairns and Mareeba and were joined in Weipa by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, along with Maritime Safety Queensland and the Thursday Island Water Police.

Weipa officer in charge, Senior Sergeant Warren Flegg said he appreciated the help on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

“Not including the marine operations, because we haven’t got those numbers yet, but as a collective we conducted more than 450 random breath tests during the campaign,” he said.

“We had eight alleged drink drivers and one alleged drug driver.

“Police handed out a total of 87 infringement notices over the weekend and I believe TMR also handed out some infringements.

“What was most alarming is that we had 12 motorists detected for speeding in the 40km/h school zone on Friday. We really need to be slowing down in school zones.”

Senior Sergeant Flegg said he would endeavour to get more visits from his southern counterparts throughout the year for additional traffic support.

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