Madness on roads angers police

THE madcap Moomba Festival is one of the annual highlights of Melbourne’s social calendar.

Operation Moomba just made police mad at the behaviour of motorists, particularly miners coming off shift and heading home on the Capricorn Hwy.

From April 15-17, 123 speeding offenders were detected predominantly in the Dingo area and Moomba’s co-ordinator Senior Constable Peter Johnson from the Emerald Traffic Branch said police were disappointed with the large number of “life endangering” offences found.

“The majority of the speeding offences were greater than 20kmh over the posted speed limit,” he said.

There were 23 seatbelt offences, one drink driver, three unlicensed drivers and one who admitted fatigue. A total of 185 traffic infringement notices were issued.

Police from Blackwater, Duaringa, Westwood and Rockhampton Traffic Branch assisted in the operation. Snr Const Johnson said the Operation Moomba results were incentive enough to start planning similar operations later this year.

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