Police nab nine drug drivers over the weekend

CANNABIS and methylamphetamine were the drugs of choice before getting behind the wheel for some Rockhampton drivers over the weekend.

From Thursday to Sunday, Rockhampton's road policing unit conducted a four-day operation targeting drink and drug drivers, resulting in an alarming amount of drug driving readings.

Senior Sergeant Ben Carroll said the amount of drivers caught on Central Queensland roads under the influence of illegal drugs was very concerning.

"We conducted 30 drug tests," Snr Sgt Carroll said.

"Of the 30 drug tests, nine came back positive to either cannabis or methylamphetamine and many came back positive for both cannabis and methylamphetamine.

"About one in three of the people drug tested came back positive; that is alarming.

"It's alarming to think these people are on our roads.

"The results show the targeting of police is good, as in they are able to identify the right people to test, and it shows high results."

Snr Sgt Carroll said those who tested positive to drugs would undergo blood sample testing and if their results showed traces of drugs, police would issue a notice to appear in court.

While disappointed in the rate of drug drivers caught in the four-day blitz, Snr Sgt Carroll said police were impressed with the lack of drink drivers.

"We conducted 320 RBTs and no drink drivers were detected, which is just fantastic," he said.

"The St Patrick's Day weekend is usually one of our biggest of the year and the crowds overall this year were well behaved at both the races and in the CBD."

Snr Sgt Carroll said police would soon ramp up their Easter holiday operation.



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