A STRONGER POLICE PRESENCE
Five drug drivers detected by police in only three hours
GAYNDAH Police are alarmed with the number of drivers committing offences on North Burnett roads.
With help from the Road Policing Unit and Roadside Drug Testing Unit, officers conducted a roadside blitz at the weekend.
The blitz netted alleged drug drivers, and police also issued five traffic infringement notices.
In a three-hour period on Saturday, January 7, five drug driver tests returned positive and police conducted 58 random breath tests.
Gayndah Police Sergeant Josh Ryan said he was alarmed at the recent statistics.
“To have five positive drug drivers in three hours shows we need to continue to educate our road users and increase our enforcement within the division,” Sgt Ryan said.
“I am extremely mystified that we continue to see such high numbers of persons within Gayndah putting road users lives and their own in such danger,” he said.
“I cannot believe we have Gayndah residents using drugs and then using our roads with a complete disregard for their own and others safety.”
Sgt Ryan said a strong and visible police presence would remain on roads across Gayndah.
Over the Christmas and New Year period Gayndah Police also conducted more than 400 random breath tests, with four tests returning positive.
“One Gayndah male riding a push bike was detected driving over four times the legal limit,” Sgt Ryan said.
There were also 20 infringement notices issued and two notices to appear in court for drug possession.
“In one case a male passenger within Gayndah was located possessing over 110 grams of cannabis in his vehicle,” Sgt Ryan said.
There was a silver lining though.
“I am extremely happy to report that during the entire festive period we did not have one reported traffic crash and no person lost their lives on our roads within our division,” Sgt Ryan said.