Zero tolerance in main street speed blitz
POLICE responded to an influx of complaints from Newton St business owners by launching a crackdown on speedsters in Monto's 20km/h main street.
Reinforcements, in the form of a Calliope road policing unit Constable, were called in to run the operation on Tuesday.
Seven infringement notices were handed out during the hour-long blitz for speeding and driving an unregistered vehicles.
A Mulgildie man recorded a positive roadside drug test and his licence was immediately suspended. The 30-year old will front court in Biloela in January.
Monto police sergeant Mick Bazzo said while people were upset to receive fines, the operation was based entirely on community requests.
"Community members have been complaining that people are not obeying the speed limit around the CBD,” Sgt Bazzo said.
"It carries a lot of pedestrian traffic, drivers are pulling in and out of the centre parking, and children and elderly people are crossing the road.
"The speed limit is 20km/h for a reason.
"The last thing we want is a tragedy because drivers become complacent on the main street.”
Officers from the specialist road policing command roam central Queensland targeting speeding, drink and drug driving.
The Calliope Constable said there was no excuse for speeding and locals should know better.
"Everyone that I have caught has been local and they all know the speed limit,” he said.
"One guy told me he was in a rush to get some bread for lunch. That's not an emergency.
"There is no rush to get anywhere so drivers need to slow down.”
Handing out fines is an unavoidable and unpopular part of the job and small town cops can be put in an uncomfortable position fining their neighbours for traffic violations.
The roving unit is immune from these pressures and the officer said he had no qualms coming down hard on law-breakers.
"You don't do this job if you want to be popular,” he said.
"I don't live here and I don't have kids at the school.
"I don't have have to worry about small town politics because I'm doing my job and then leaving.”