P-plater blows 0.2

A HUGE jump in the number of speeding fines over Easter has police calling on Tasmanian motorists to heed warnings.

So far  Operation Crossroads has nabbed 43 per cent more (136) drivers speeding than last year.

 More than 454 speeding offences were detected up to midnight on Saturday. More than 8400 random breath tests were conducted and 44 drink-driving infringements were  detected. 

Police conducted 137 drug tests, with 12 proving positive.

Fourteen drink-drivers were caught on Saturday. A 39-year-old P-plater was intercepted at New Norfolk with a blood alcohol reading of 0.2.

Police were also left shaking their heads on Saturday when a learner driver at Huonville was caught hooning in a 24-tonne tip truck.  

Officers caught the driver, who recorded a  blood alcohol reading of 0.071. 

The incident happened after a serious accident on the East Coast on Saturday morning when a car left the road and slammed into trees. 

Two males were airlifted to the Launceston General Hospital after being treated at St Helens. 

One of the men, aged in his 30s, suffered spinal injuries, and he was later airlifted to the Royal Hobart Hospital. 

The other man sustained chest injuries and remains in  the  LGH  in a stable condition.  

The occupants were initially trapped in their car when it crashed on the Tasman Highway. 

That was the latest in a series of motor vehicle accidents this Easter. 

On Good Friday two drink-drivers were involved in  single-vehicle crashes.

Neither driver was seriously hurt but both had high blood-alcohol readings.

One of the motorists, who crashed south of Hobart, blew more than four times over the limit. 

Also  on Friday, three separate crashes occurred within two hours   near Campbell Town. Those involved escaped serious injuries.

One of the incidents involved a caravan blown over by wind, blocking the Midland Highway for two hours.

On Thursday a Chinese woman died on the North-West after the car she was travelling in with her husband collided with another vehicle.  

The officer in charge of Operations Crossroads, Inspector Shane LeFevre, said the number of speeding motorists was disappointing. 

``We have specifically mentioned we will be targeting the operation but obviously that message hasn't been heeded,'' he said.

``I think you could say the majority of it is really the dedicated police resources we've put toward detecting speeding.''

 None of the incidents involved high-range speeding, he said.  

Operation Crossroads will also be targeting drink- and drug-driving until it finishes at midnight tonight. 

Australia's Easter road toll has climbed to nine following two deaths in Victoria and Queensland yesterday.