Mixed roadside results
The good and bad of statistics
QUEENSLAND Police have released figures from an operation conducted in and around Gayndah recently in partnership with officers from the Maryborough Patrol Group.
The operation targeting the Fatal Five – speeding, drink and drug driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, distraction and inattention and driving while fatigued – was designed to highlight the importance of road safety in the community.
Queensland Police Senior Constable Leigh Nancarrow said it was important to continue to target the Fatal Five.
“These results show how important it is for police to continue to target the Fatal Five and other offences,” Snr Const Nancarrow said.
Police issued 31 traffic infringement notices; 27 for speeding, three for failing to wear a seatbelt and one for driving an unregistered vehicle.
More than 480 roadside breath tests were conducted during the operation but no driver exceeded the legal limit. There were 100 drug driving tests conducted, with four yielding positive readings.
Eleven people were charged for a number of drug-related offences including five charges for supply of dangerous drugs, two charges of producing dangerous drugs and six charges of possessing a dangerous drug.
Maryborough Police Patrol Group Inspector Paul Biggin helped oversee the operation and said there could be continued support for police in the western towns.
“This is really important for our western towns that we have plenty of support,” Insp Biggin said.
Gayndah Police Sergeant Josh Ryan said police will continue to target the Fatal Five and other offences.
“The police, and more importantly the community and courts, do not tolerate any unlawful activity and Gayndah police will utilise all resources to bring these people to justice,” Sgt Ryan said.
“I wish to send a very clear message to the persons involved in drug and any unlawful activity that the police are committed to detecting these offences.”
If you have any information that may help police with their investigations, you can phone Gayndah Police or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.
RANDOM TESTING: Constable Brenden Florance conducts a roadside test in Gayndah.