Road blitz detects a range of traffic offences

UPDATE 9AM: WEDNESDAY'S traffic road blitz on the Bruce Hwy saw police carry out more than 2800 random breath tests and 92 random drug tests.

The 12-hour operation stopped every vehicle and 51 traffic infringement notices were issued including one for drink driving, six for drug driving, two for driving unlicensed, one for disqualified driving and one for providing false and mislead information.

Of the 51 traffic infringement notices, 28 were issued to heavy vehicle drivers including four for excess hours and one for insufficient rest.

 

UPDATE 3PM:  DETECTIVES are investigating after about 10kg of marijuana, with an estimated street value of more than $100,000, was found hidden in a car during a police road blitz.

The 12-hour traffic operation 23km north of Gin Gin on the Bruce Hwy yesterday stopped every vehicle.

Gin Gin officer-in-charge Sergeant Tim Marrinan said the driver of the car containing the drug haul initially returned a positive roadside drug test and a search of the car uncovered drug-related implements.

A further search of the car resulted in the seizure of approximately 10kg of marijuana cryovaced in bags, which was found hidden in the boot.

A man is in police custody but charges had not been laid when the NewsMail went to print.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch are continuing investigations.

Yesterday's traffic operation involved up to 44 police with officers stopping every vehicle in an effort to curb the road toll by enforcing the fatal five.

Among the offences detected were a number of drivers for disqualified and unlicensed driving and a couple returned positive roadside tests.

Gin Gin officer-in-charge Sergea

TESTING: Truck driver pulled over during Police operation to reduce the road toll. Photo: Jodie Dixon / Isis Town & Country
TESTING: Truck driver pulled over during Police operation to reduce the road toll. Photo: Jodie Dixon / Isis Town & Country Jodie Dixon BIT060416POLICE03

nt Tim Marrinan said one car was subject to forfeiture and seized by police after the driver was caught unlicensed driving - the driver's fourth type 2 vehicle-related offence.

 

 

The operation included police from the road policing command in Brisbane who joined forces with a drug testing unit and officers from Gin Gin, Bundaberg and Maryborough.

Sgt Marrinan said every motorist was breath tested, their licence checked and some were also drug tested. As of mid-afternoon yesterday officers had carried out about 2000 breath tests.

"It's a large road safety initiative targeting the fatal five - speeding, drink driving/drug driving, distraction and inattention, seatbelts and fatigue," he said. The 12-hour operation began at 6am yesterday and continued through until 6pm.  

The NewsMail will keep readers updated on results of the road blitz.

 

 

 

UPDATE: DETECTIVES are investigating after about 10kg of marijuana, with an estimated street value of more than $100,000, was found hidden in a car during a police road blitz.

The 12-hour traffic operation 23km north of Gin Gin on the Bruce Hwy is stopping every vehicle.

Gin Gin officer-in-charge Sergeant Tim Marrinan said the driver of the car returned a positive road-side drug test and a search of the car uncovered drug-related implements.

A further search of the car resulted in the seizure of approximately 10kg of marijuana in cryovaced bags, which was found hidden in the boot.

A man is in police custody but charges are yet to be laid as investigations continue.

 

YESTERDAY: A TRAFFIC operation involving up to 44 police is underway on the Bruce Hwy, 23km north of Gin Gin, as officers stop every vehicle and enforce the fatal five.

Among the offences detected so far this morning include a number of drivers for disqualified and unlicenced driving and drug driving.

Gin Gin officer-in-charge Sergeant Tim Marrinan said one car was subject to forfeiture and seized by police after the driver was caught unlicensed driving - the drivers fourth type 2 vehicle related offence.

The operation includes police from the road policing command in Brisbane who have joined forces with a drug testing unit and officers from Gin Gin, Bundaberg and Maryborough.

Sgt Marrinan said every motorist was breath tested, their licence checked and a number were also drug tested.

"It's a large road safety initiative targeting the fatal five - speeding, drink driving/drug driving, distraction and inattention, seatbelts and fatigue," he said.

The 12-hour operation began at 6am Wednesday and will continue through until 6pm.









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