03 January 2011

Covert cops catching motorists with tradies' red ute

A TRADESMAN-LIKE dual cab ute is part of a network of vehicles that Queensland police are relying on to catch out speeding motorists during the holidays.

While the covert Isuzu (pictured) is the only vehicle based out of the Southern Police Region – which covers Toowoomba and Ipswich – police are also rotating different vehicles between the regions to keep them from becoming too familiar.

So far the ploy seemed to be working, although Southern Region traffic co-ordinator Inspector Lyle Mitchell said wet weather and widespread flooding had also played a key role in reducing the number of people caught speeding and drink driving during the Christmas-New Year period.

"We are happy that the number of injury crashes is down – there were none at all in Ipswich on December 29 and, from Christmas Eve to midnight Wednesday, there have been only three," Insp Mitchell said.

Over the same period last year there were seven injury accidents.

"I can say absolutely that the majority of people are driving to the road conditions," he said.

"There has also been some really good work going on in the Springfield and Goodna areas by local police – particularly with the interception of drink drivers in the early morning."

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