Police ramp up traffic patrols
OPERATION Pies has been heating up with police targeting hoons and speeding around the region.
The operation was to coincide with Queensland Week, with a focus on Floodfest, held at the AgGrow site.
A police spokesman said there was an increased police presence at the event but motorists were well behaved.
“We were very happy and the event was well managed,” he said. “Motorists’ behaviour was a credit to the community of Emerald.”
With the operation continuing until Monday, the spokesman said police would continue to target hooning behaviour along with traffic-related offences.
“Further hoon operations will be planned involving transport Main Roads inspections,” he said.
“They will also be assisting police with vehicle compliance.
“Three hoon vehicles were (located) and action was taken against them.”
Police said members of the public were assisting them with information about hooning.
“Please call police when hooning is happening and note the time, date and vehicles,” the spokesman said.
Residents are encouraged to phone the hoon hotline, 13 HOON (13 46 66) or the Emerald police station on 4983 8100.
Friday dawned for Emerald police with hooning reported on Hospital and Pritchard Rds and the industrial estate.
Police conducted patrols of the area but did not detect any hooning.
During patrols of the area, police issued a driver with a traffic infringement notice for speeding.
The driver was detected doing 74kmh in a 50kmh zone.
Speeding in school zones was then targeted as police conducted patrols on Moody and Borilla Sts.
Three motorists were issued with traffic infringements for speeding between 8am and 9.15am. One motorist was recorded doing 58km in a 40kmh zone, another 67km in a 50kmh zone and the third clocked at 68km in a 50kmh zone.
Police urged motorists to slow down in school zones as speeding jeopardised the lives of children being dropped at school.