Po­lice and coun­cil crack down

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

WITH drug driv­ing of­fences on the in­crease within the North Bur­nett, po­lice are tak­ing a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to this be­hav­iour.

Eidsvold Po­lice Sergeant Chris James said drugs were not just a lo­calised is­sue but some­thing that posed a ma­jor threat in Aus­tralia.

“Drug driv­ing is not just a lo­calised is­sue and it will con­tinue to be po­liced on a reg­u­lar ba­sis,” Sgt James said.

“Each in­di­vid­ual has a choice whether or not to use il­le­gal sub­stances. Peo­ple need to take own­er­ship of their de­ci­sions and stop blaming it on oth­ers.”

Tak­ing drugs af­fects the whole com­mu­nity and find­ing out ways to stop drug use is im­por­tant, Sgt James said.

“The cost to the com­mu­nity is phe­nom­e­nal. Its ef­fects are tear­ing fam­i­lies apart fi­nan­cially and emo­tion­ally,” he said.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Pitt said he was sup­port­ive of emer­gency re­sponses to counter drugs and al­co­hol.

“Drugs are an is­sue no mat­ter where you may be. Like many is­sues it seems to ebb and flow with its vis­i­bil­ity within the re­gion,” Mr Pitt said.

“We’re very sup­port­ive of the po­lice ac­tions in re­gards to drug and drink driv­ing.”

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