All driv­ers tar­geted

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IN AN ef­fort to re­duce the climb­ing road toll across Queens­land, police set up a mo­bile op­er­a­tion 20km north of Gin Gin on the Bruce Hwy early Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Sergeant Tim Mar­ri­nan said they would pull over all driv­ers and con­duct li­cence checks, ran­dom breath and drug tests.

“It’s a large road safety ini­tia­tive tar­get­ing the fa­tal five,” he said.

The fa­tal five are drink driv­ing, drugs, fa­tigue, seat­belts and speed­ing.

Police say reck­less driv­ers put road users at risk of se­ri­ous in­jury or even death.

“We have 4000 RBT avail­able for test­ing mo­torists at this mo­bile set up,” he said.

Police say it’s a mat­ter of time for the driv­ers do­ing the wrong thing be­fore they are caught.

There has been a spike in the num­ber of driv­ers caught with drugs in their sys­tem and it’s a mat­ter of time be­fore they are caught be­hind the wheel.

The drug tests are ex­pen­sive, cost­ing up to $35 per test.

If con­victed of a pos­i­tive drug test, driv­ers are risk­ing a $900 fine and dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from driv­ing for six months.

“We con­duct ran­dom RBT and drug tests daily in an ef­fort to re­duce the tool,” Sgt Mar­ri­nan said.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

TEST­ING: A truck driver pulled over dur­ing a police op­er­a­tion to re­duce the road toll.

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