Coast drivers ‘death on wheels’

DRINK-driving figures have exploded across the Gold Coast with a record 300 motorists caught driving under the influence of alcohol in April alone.

Senior police were stunned by the alarming increase which was almost double for the same period last year. It caps off a horrifying long weekend on the roads, with Gold Coast police snaring another 23 drink-drivers over three days, one at more than six times the legal limit.

A 37-year-old man intercepted on Hedges Ave at 4.30pm on Sunday recorded a blood-alcohol concentration of .302.

In another incident, a P-plate driver was caught travelling at more than twice the speed limit with a blood-alcohol level almost five times the legal limit. The 20-year-old driver was clocked at 161km/h in a 70km/h zone on Bermuda St about 10.30pm on Monday.

Police said there were two passengers in the vehicle with the driver, who had a blood-alcohol level of 0.233.

The driver and a female passenger confronted police, with the female charged with assaulting an officer.

Another P-plate driver recorded a 0.209 blood-alcohol level at Main Beach about 1am on Sunday. the vehicle mounted the gutter before the driver was intercepted by police. The 22-year-old was also driving a high-performance V8 Commodore which is illegal on a restricted licence.

A 58-year-old woman was caught at 0.18 at Currumbin and another driver was caught at 0.20. And, in an act police described as blatant stupidity, a 41-year-old man was caught riding a moped in Southport with a three-year-old child tucked into his jacket.

Neither was wearing a helmet.



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