A POLICE traffic operation underway on the Bruce Hwy north of Gin Gin has detected eight drug drivers in less than seven hours.

Gin Gin Police Officer in Charge Sergeant Tim Marrinan said it was alarming to see the number of motorists driving on one of the region's major arterial roads with drugs in their system.

"We've done over 2000 random breath tests so far," he said.

"We've got eight drug drivers, we got one person for half a kilo of cannabis, and we've got two people for methamphetamine and ice and utensils to smoke that ice.

"In terms of the number of drug drivers it's alarming. We're not talking heavy vehicle drivers; we're talking car drivers, people who are consuming recreational drugs and then just driving and thinking nothing of it.

"And that's scary because recreational drugs is just as bad as drink driving."

Sgt Marrinan said registration and licence checks would also form part of the operation.

"There have been a couple of tickets issued for unregistered, there's' been a couple of vehicles impounded for type 2 related offences - unregistered, uninsured - those type of offences."

Throughout a 12-hour period today up to 50 police officers from a number of jurisdictions, including the Bundaberg Patrol Group, the Brisbane Road Policing Unit, the tactical crime unit from Maryborough and the Brisbane dog squad are expected to conduct more than 3000 traffic checks.



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