Road blitz at Gin Gin
Zero tolerance for bad behaviour on roads as police warn they are watching
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.”
FATAL FIVE: Operation North Soapstone north of Gin Gin prior to the start of the Easter weekend.