Mixed road­side re­sults

The good and bad of sta­tis­tics

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery

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.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

RAN­DOM TEST­ING: Con­sta­ble Bren­den Flo­rance con­ducts a road­side test in Gayn­dah.

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