Road blitz at Gin Gin

Zero tol­er­ance for bad be­hav­iour on roads as po­lice warn they are watch­ing

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By EMMA REID – APN NEWS­DESK

ROAD safety started early at Easter as Op­er­a­tion North Soap­stone was in full swing on the Bruce Hwy north of Gin Gin, tar­get­ing ev­ery driver over a 12-hour pe­riod.

Gin Gin Po­lice Sta­tion Of­fi­cer-in-Charge Sergeant Tim Mar­ri­nan said the day-long event started at 6am and went through to 6pm, and stopped ev­ery car where pos­si­ble and looked at all traf­fic and trans­port of­fences.

“We tar­get any­thing and ev­ery­thing traf­fic-re­lated, from li­cence checks, RBT (ran­dom breath test), RDT (ran­dom drug test), and Queens­land Trans­port in­spec­tors will do heavy ve­hi­cles in­ter­cepts along with the road polic­ing com­mand, which is here from Bris­bane,” Sgt Mar­ri­nan said.

“Some of the ve­hi­cles get taken aside and searched and as you can see we al­ready have four ve­hi­cles sit­ting over there as those driv­ers tested pos­i­tive for drug driv­ing, with drug driv­ers testing pos­i­tive to metham­phetamine and cannabis.”

Sgt Mar­ri­nan said there were 20 of­fi­cers on site at any given time, with a to­tal of 45 of­fi­cers par­tic­i­pat­ing.

The op­er­a­tion was in play ear­lier this time com­pared with past years.

Sgt Mar­ri­nan said the hope was to pre­vent crashes be­fore cars were fully loaded with fam­ily mem­bers off on hol­i­days.

“We nor­mally run this sort of op­er­a­tion in the Easter hol­i­days but this year we got in be­fore the hol­i­days try­ing to pre­vent ac­ci­dents and get the mes­sage across,” he said.

Po­lice fo­cused on the fa­tal five, with speed­ing and dis­trac­tion be­ing picked up by mo­bile units.

“There will be more than 2500 ran­dom breath tests over the day,” Sgt Mar­ri­nan said. “And the mes­sage we are try­ing to send is to be safe, leave early and just drive safely.”

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN010415SOAPSTONE8

FA­TAL FIVE: Op­er­a­tion North Soap­stone north of Gin Gin prior to the start of the Easter week­end.

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