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Police defend fall in RBTs over holiday period

Gladstone police conducting random breath testing operations on Glenlyon Road, Gladstone.
Gladstone police conducting random breath testing operations on Glenlyon Road, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

QUEENSLAND police have defended a drop in random breath tests carried out over the Christmas-New Year period, saying the force employed different strategies to nab drivers over the limit.

135,991 random breath tests were carried out over the 12 day Christmas/New Year campaign, down from 193,820 in 2013/14 - a more than 30 per cent reduction.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said police operations had been different this year.

"We certainly have a strong focus on breath tests as an important part of our campaign for road safety, but there are other requirements on the police service at this time of year, so we're prioritising our assets and resources into those activities," he said.

"The media has reported extensively in relation to the changing focus in the last few months for high visibility policing in public places in response to planned major events over the holiday and Christmas periods."

 

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