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Speedsters caught out in police Easter blitz


Soaked roads, heavy rain and increased traffic created disastrous conditions on Mackay roads over Easter, but police are praising cautious driving by most locals.

Six people tragically died on Queensland roads during the break, but thankfully no lives were lost in Mackay.

However, drivers were still playing Russian roulette in the wet by driving over the speed limit.

Mackay District Acting Inspector Damien Wells says 228 road infringements have been given out, mostly for speeding.

"Whether we've seen better behaviour...unfortunately 170 of those were for speeding, so that's generally unfortunate," Inspector Wells says.

As part of the road-safety blitz, officers conducted 7,000 random breath tests between Thursday afternoon until yesterday.

Police charged 14 motorists with drink driving and 11 others for driving under the influence of drugs.

Inspector Wells says that drivers were well behaved overall.

Despite the wet weather and high-risk conditions, police responded to just seven crashes.

"I really want to thank the community for their efforts on the road ... fatality free is the best words you can say as a police officer following a big weekend," Inspector Wells says.

He is reminding motorists that police will be out and about throughout the school holidays.

"We had a mission at the start of the Easter break commencing on Thursday to give the motoring public the best possible chance of seeing police in action," he says.