Police reveal shame file of worst drivers in Cairns
A WILD 30-minute drive in which a drunken teen crashed his car four times, a French tourist who played cat and mouse with traffic in a death-defying Rollerblade down the Kuranda Range road and a grandmother who had four children in the car when she was mo
The Weekend Post joined forces with traffic authorities from Cairns, Innisfail and Mareeba to put together a file of the area's top 10 worst driving offences over the past 12 months.
Among them was an 18-year-old from Innisfail who stunned police when he was clocked at 223km/h along a Tableland road, less than a month after being busted drag racing along the Bruce Highway in Cairns.
As officers ramp up their efforts to combat the Christmas road toll, regional traffic boss Inspector Jim Plowman has pleaded with motorists to see sense and fix their road behaviour before there were fatal consequences.
"One of the greatest trusts people have in other people is with driving," Insp Plowman said.
"You trust the person coming towards you will stay on the other side of the road. And sometimes that trust can lead to tragic events. Any speeding can be a danger, but excessive speeding is just ridiculous.
"And in terms of drink-driving, I don't know what it's going to take to finally get the message across."
Twenty-three people have died on Far Northern roads so far this year, four more than the 2011 total.
While launching the Fatal Five campaign this week, which adds inattention to the list of speeding, drink-driving, fatigue and not wearing a seatbelt, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said officers would be out in force over the holidays.
"We, as a community, need to take action to stop this carnage," he said.
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