Donut the Police Dog Mascot enjoyed many a donut at Springmount Drags

Big crowds at Springmount Raceway, enjoying the burn-outs

In only its second year of running, Springmount Raceway has again held a great event over the weekend with the Northern Nats being held from May 5 to May 7.

This is the biggest horsepower filled event in North Queensland and included power skids to drag racing and a massive burnout comp.

Police were very happy with the general public, participants and event organisers after a very successful weekend with only three people charged with drink driving.

Police mascot, Donut the Dog was even happier after she got to take a spin in this great 1970 HT GTS Monaro loaded with a 434 Chev Engine thanks to Kuranda’s Grant Morris.

It was a rev-heads paradise at Springmount over the three day event and while some of the little kids were a bit shy to get their photo taken with Donut, the big kids weren’t shy at all.

The great staff at Mareeba PCYC volunteered their time to attend and provide breath screening for people to assist with making sure they were under the legal limit of 0.05 per cent. Mareeba PCYC is a non-for-profit organisation and all money used to run programs for disadvantaged youth is from fund raising, so if you get the chance please support Mareeba PCYC.

Mareeba PCYC Branch Manager Sergeant Marey-Anne West said that for a gold coin donation from the public they were able to have a breath screening to ensure that they were under the legal limit. Sergeant West tells me that one gentleman came for a breath screening, convinced that he was under and right to drive, she saved him from losing his licence after he blew 0.078 per cent. Two hours later and another test and off he went happy.

When Sergeant West wasn’t diligently making sure that drivers were given a breath screening, she was getting her photo taken with Donut the Dog or a selfie with me.

Queensland Police encourage people to make their way to Springmount events and keep the burn-outs and drag racing to the strip and not on our roads, where you could endanger not only yourself but other motorists.

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