Police operation targets traffic, liquor offences and rail safety

POLICE OPERATION: The operation, which included roadside breath testing, was carried out overnight on Sunday, September 30, during the Queen's Birthday long weekend. Photo: File
POLICE OPERATION: The operation, which included roadside breath testing, was carried out overnight on Sunday, September 30, during the Queen's Birthday long weekend. Photo: File

A POLICE crackdown targeting bad driver behaviour has netted 25 people for speeding in the bayside, but police say they are pleased that no one was caught drink driving.

Senior Constable Dane Smith said motorists were roadside breath tested along Main Road near Wellington Point State School overnight on Sunday, September 30.

The RBT was part of a larger operation targeting traffic and liquor offences, and ensuring public safety on the rail network, during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, in time for Brisbane Festival’s Riverfire and the AFL and NFL grand finals.

Senior Constable Smith, who was the operation commander, said 27 officers, including police from Capalaba station’s road policing unit and tactical crime squad and Cleveland and Wynnum stations, were dispatched as part of the operation.

Visits were made to at least 18 bayside venues, including in the Redlands, with patrols of train services undertaken with help from TransLink officers.

Senior Constable Smith said there were no major incidents on the Cleveland train line but people were nabbed for fare evasion.

“Police issued two rail infringement notices and issued nine verbal warnings in relation to fare evasion and other offences,” he said.

“A 52 -year-old male from Carindale was issued a Notice to Appear in Cleveland Magistrates Court after repeated incidents of fare evasion.”

There were no reports made of any liquor offences but two people were arrested and charged in relation to outstanding matters, Senior Constable Smith said.

One motorist was caught by police travelling 30km/hr over the speed limit along Ney Road at Capalaba, with another charged with driving under the influence of a drug.

Senior Constable Smith said one man was charged with hooning and had his car immobilised for 90 days after he performed a burnout in front of police officers at Wynnum.

No drink drivers were caught. 

“I would encourage motorists to continue to make good driving choices (and) drive according to the road and traffic conditions…,” he said.