Police nab drugged drivers
POLICE have their sights set on drugged-up Rockhampton clubbers who get behind the wheel after a night partying.
Overnight on Saturday, members of the Rockhampton traffic branch teamed up with officers from the Roadside Drug Testing Unit from Brisbane to run an operation targeting drug-drivers.
They put the CBD into lockdown and conducted more than 400 breath tests and 40 drug tests.
Two drug-drivers and three drink-drivers were detected.
“This is the first time we’ve done an operation like this in the CBD and caught a drug driver,” said Acting Inspector Ewan Findlater, who is currently doing the central region’s top traffic job.
“We will definitely be doing a lot more of them.
“We have the capacity to do this sort of testing and we will continue to do it more and more.”
He said two men, a 52-year old Rockhampton man and a 22-year-old Westwood man, had been charged with driving under the influence.
Both will appear in court.
Their tests have been sent to a lab for further analysis which will provide more detail of what drug they had taken and in what quantity.
Driving under the influence of a drug is classified similar to a high-range drink-driving offence.
One of the three drink-drivers caught returned a high-range blood-alcohol reading of .168% – more than three times the legal limit.
Police also issued 17 infringement notices during the operation.
Meanwhile, Acting Inspector Findlater also warned police would be on the roads in force today.
“The community can expect police to be out in force not only monitoring events, but also with traffic,” he said.
“We’ll have a high presence with lots of RBTs, speed detections and we will be looking for people not wearing seat belts or using their mobile phone while driving.”
And in a busy week for traffic police, they will back up tomorrow for the first day of the school year.
“We will be targeting all the schools,” Acting Inspector Findlater said.
Police would monitor parking and speeding, keeping an eye out for unrestrained minors and ensuring all kids on bikes were wearing helmets.