Op­er­a­tion Cold Snap con­tin­ues in Gayn­dah

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THE high vis­i­bil­ity polic­ing in and around the Gayn­dah area will con­tinue with the help of of­fi­cers from Mary­bor­ough and the State Drug Test­ing Unit Gayn­dah.

“Op­er­a­tion Cold Snap has been in ef­fect through­out the dis­trict in or­der to pre­vent and de­ter road in­ci­dents,” Sergeant Josh Ryan said.

“Since Fri­day, July 1, Gayn­dah Po­lice have de­tected a num­ber of per­sons com­mit­ting se­ri­ous traf­fic and drug of­fences.”

Dur­ing a re­cent traf­fic in­ter­cept a 29-year-old Bel­gium man was pulled over and 80 grams of cannabis and uten­sils used in the pro­duc­tion of dan­ger­ous drugs were al­legedly found in his car.

Po­lice also in­ter­cepted a 41-year-old male from Gayn­dah who al­legedly sup­plied a breath test of 0.343, seven times the le­gal limit.

“I can­not re­it­er­ate to all road users the se­ri­ous­ness of peo­ple us­ing our roads whilst af­fected by drugs and/or al­co­hol,” Sgt Ryan said.

“To con­tinue to see peo­ple us­ing our roads like that is very con­cern­ing.”

In this cal­en­dar year alone Gayn­dah po­lice have de­tected 29 drug-driv­ers on the roads.

“This is an alarm­ing fig­ure and is the sec­ond high­est in our po­lice dis­trict,” Sgt Ryan said.

“Due to the high num­ber of per­sons driv­ing whilst drug af­fected, Gayn­dah will con­tinue to see a high po­lice pres­ence on our roads and in the com­mu­nity.”

Sgt Ryan said the greater po­lice pres­ence was to stop peo­ple com­mit­ting such dan­ger­ous acts and to en­sure the safety of all road users in the area.

“As a po­lice of­fi­cer and road user I am con­cerned that there is this amount of peo­ple in­volved in drug use,” Sgt Ryan said.

Sgt Ryan urged all peo­ple to drive safely.

“The mes­sage is clear – if you en­gage your­self in un­law­ful ac­tiv­i­ties, com­mit traf­fic of­fences or drive while af­fected by drugs or al­co­hol you will be caught.”

Residents can re­port any dan­ger­ous be­hav­iour by call­ing 131 444.

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