DETAILS: Shock findings of Lockyer crime crackdown
A MASSIVE $1000 fine was just one feat to come from a Lockyer Valley traffic operation.
The two-day clampdown was carried out by Laidley Police in an effort to target drivers speeding through school zones.
Laidley Police Officer-in-Charge Senior Sergeant Regan Draheim said police charged 27 drivers with offences during the 48-hours period.
While police set out to crack down on illegal speeds in 40km/hr school zones, they nabbed drivers breaking the law across the board.
“We issued 26 traffic infringement notices and one drink driver,” Snr Sgt Draheim said.
“The majority were for speeding but not all were in school zones.”
Exceeding the speed limit by 20km/hr, a 21-year-old female was caught doing 60km/hr and was the fastest school zone speedster detected during the operation.
Another driver – a 31-year-old Regency Downs woman – was slapped with a $1000 fine after she was spotted in a school zone using her mobile phone while driving.
On Forest Hill Fernvale Road, police detected a high-range speeding driver who was travelling at 150km/hr.
Exceeding the speed limit by 50km/hr, the male driver in his 20s landed significantly above the cut-off of the high range bracket and stands to lose his license for a mandatory minimum of six months.
The operation was Laidley Police’s first of its kind following an ease on coronavirus restrictions.
“We haven’t really done any traffic operations since COVID-19 but now we have the opportunity to put staff into something like this, we will be doing more and more operations in the area,” he said.
“We hope the behaviour improves with our presence on the roads.”
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