CHECKING BREATH: Roma Police are increasing RBT sites following a string of drink-driving incidents.
CHECKING BREATH: Roma Police are increasing RBT sites following a string of drink-driving incidents. File

Police step up RBTs after catching man four times over limit

ROMA Police are stepping up their stationary RBT presence in the coming weeks, following a series drunk driving incidents.

Officers picked up three drink-drivers over the weekend, including a man in his 30s who was caught driving on Bowen St with a blood alcohol content of 0.22 - more than four times over the legal limit.

Sergeant Shane Ferry said a significant number of drivers caught were picked up by mobile RBTs.

However, since not all drunk drivers are caught, police have revealed they will be increasing the number of stationary RBT sites in Roma to catch more offenders.

"Police are increasing RBT sites in response to recent instances of drink driving,” Sgt Ferry said.

In the past week alone a number of drivers have been caught driving while over the legal blood alcohol limit.

Sgt Ferry said a reading this high was unusual for the area but not unheard of.

Other cases included a man in his 30s caught on Cottell St driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.11 (twice the legal limit) and a male P-plate driver who blew a reading of 0.02.

All three drivers were issued a notice to attend court.

Drunk drivers are not the only concern for police, Sgt Ferry said.

A woman in her 20s was caught on Mayne St, Roma driving with a suspended license late last week.

Sgt Ferry said stationary RBT sites will also help pick up unlicensed drivers and those driving an unregistered vehicle who may otherwise have gone unnoticed.

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