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Drink driving crackdown

CAIRNS Police say too many are killed and seriously injured each year on our roads, with drink driving accounting for more than a fifth of all lives lost in Queensland.

Local police deployed a roadside breath test interception site on Mulgrave Road on June 19, which operated from 8 pm to 10 pm.

The operation allowed officers to have positive interactions with members of the public and discuss our road safety priorities.

Of the 113 motorists intercepted, one driver was arrested for drink driving, whilst two other drivers returned an alleged reading of under 0.05 per cent BAC.  

At about 8.30 pm, a 50-year-old Brinsmead woman was intercepted on Miller Street Parramatta Park and returned an alleged reading of 0.081 per cent BAC.

She was charged with one count of mid-range drink driving and is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court next month. 

Local police are reminding all road users to think before they drink, as alcohol can stay in your body for a significant period of time.

If you are unsure how alcohol may affect your driving, think about alternatives.  

Plan your route home in advance; ask someone who hasn’t been drinking for a lift, catch public transport or book alternative transport. 

If you have had alcohol the night before you may be still well over the legal limit the next day, so think before you drink and stay safe on the roads.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Annee’s opens third Cairns store and First Nations art exhibition at The Cairns Institute, JCU.

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