Traffic police conduct random breath testing.
Traffic police conduct random breath testing. Brett Wortman

Origin party ends with police on a post-win booze blitz

THE State of Origin hangover still lingered for eight Sunshine Coast drivers who gave positive readings in roadside breath tests yesterday morning.

Nambour Police and crews from the Sunshine Coast Traffic Branch staged Operation Big Pineapple to target drivers who may have still been over the limit after the game celebrations.

Through modern number plate scanning technology, 4000 vehicles were checked by police at the Nambour-Connection Rd site over five hours.

Nambour Police Station officer-in-charge Gary Brayley said from 420 random breath tests, eight people returned positive readings for alcohol.

However, only one person recorded a reading over the legal limit. That driver will face a magistrate after blowing .088%.

"Police targeted the day after Origin to remind people that regardless of what activities they were partaking in the night before, police will be out and about," Snr Sgt Brayley said.

"This is also part of Operation Cold Snap, which is a statewide operation during the school holidays."

Three people were issued tickets for driving unlicensed, one person was driving an unregistered vehicle, one driver was uninsured and one driver failed to display a P-plate.

Despite only one person being issued a notice to appear in court, Snr Sgt Brayley said he was disappointed to see drivers getting behind the wheel with alcohol in their system.

"It is concerning that out of 420 breath tests, eight people recorded as having alcohol in their system," Snr Sgt Brayley said.

"That's one in every 50 people driving on our roads with alcohol in their system.

"If we had intercepted these people an hour or so earlier, they may have been over that limit.

"People need to be mindful that if they are going to drink, then allow sufficient time for the body to eliminate the alcohol before they get in their car, even the next morning."