A STRONGER PO­LICE PRES­ENCE

Five drug driv­ers de­tected by po­lice in only three hours

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Adam McCleery Adam.McCleery@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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