RBTs nab 30 drivers on drugs
THIRTY people were caught drugdriving during the Townsville 400 weekend, which marked the end of the school holidays.
Police issued 208 fines and nine notices to appear in court for those and other infringements but did not catch any drink- drivers from almost 350 RBTs conducted from July 7- 9.
In the two weeks prior to the race weekend, police nabbed 34 drinkdrivers, 13 drug- drivers, issued 873 infringement notices and caught 253 people speeding, including one driver at 218km/ h between Giru and Ayr.
Townsville Road Policing Unit officer- in- charge Senior Sergeant Brendan White said there was no great shock in the number of drug- drivers from the weekend.
“It is fairly normal, with the road side drug testing unit coming up from Brisbane, that’s all they target, drugs. I would consider those numbers normal with a crowd of 142,000,” he said.
“Drug drivers are increasing, but that could be because they are being targeted. We don’t have that random aspect as much yet.”
Sen- Sgt White said it seemed as though there was not quite the same stigma about drug- driving as there was about drink- driving.
“It’s considered unsociable to be a drink- driver. I don’t think it has got there yet with drug- driving,” he said.
“It took a few years for everyone to get that mindset about drink- driving, to count their drinks and do the right thing, which most people try to do.
“I think drug- drivers, because they got away with it for many years, have now realised they aren’t getting away with it.”
Sen- Sgt White said two fatal crashes at the start of the break were sad, but said there was only so much police could do to prevent them.
“Unfortunately you can’t sit in with people and watch them while they drive and some are just pure accidents, but some are caused by people’s inattention,” he said.
Sen- Sgt White reminded the community school had returned and 40km/ h school zones were active.