Alleged drug driver busted by cops during traffic blitz

THERE'S nowhere to hide for drivers doing the wrong thing with an increased police presence on the region's roads.

With heavy traffic expected this weekend as motorists make their way home for the end of the school holiday period, highways and arterial roads will be under scrutiny.

As part of Operation Cold Snap, yesterday police stopped drivers south of Childers, catching one drug driver and issuing nine speeding tickets.

 

Bundaberg Road Policing Unit officer-in-charge Sergeant Marty Arnold said the fatal five would again be targeted.

"Fatal crashes can be as a result of hooning or drug or drink drivers and sometimes they are just everyday drivers who make a silly mistake at the wrong time," he said.

"There will be extra traffic on the roads, a lot of families, so we just ask everyone to be patient.

"Pay attention and don't become distracted by others in the car or other things that are going on in your life."

 

Today one male driver tested positive to methampethamine and Sgt Arnold said on average across the Bundaberg Patrol Group, two to three drivers were picked up per day.

Drivers who return a positive saliva drug test for methamphetamine or marijuana are asked to provide a second specimen, which is tested by a piece of equipment called the Drager Drug Test and has an accuracy rate of 99.8%.

The sample is also broken into two and sealed in front of the driver, with one part sent to Queensland Health to be independently tested.

 

Unlicensed drivers, those driving unregistered vehicles and anyone with outstanding warrants should also be on notice with a police car equipped with automatic number plate recognition technology which scans two number plates per second.

"As each vehicle passes the scanners in both directions, the number plate of the vehicle's scanned and in an instantaneous moment it knows everything about that vehicle," Sgt Arnold said.

"The registered owner of the vehicle and any person linked to that vehicle that may be wanted, unlicensed or the car unregistered.

"If the driver or someone is wanted or unregistered it sets off an alarm and freezes the image on the screen."

Monday also marks the return of students to schools right across the state and Sgt Arnold said motorists were reminded that 40km zones would apply around schools.

Parents are also urged to be aware of the appropriate parking, drop off areas and no stopping zones.

Childers operation

  • 1 x drug driver
  • 1 x unlicensed driver
  • 9 x speeding tickets issues
  • 60 x RBTs carried out, nil positive tests


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