Almost 80 offences of drug driving recorded in the region

DO DRUGS and drive? Just don't.

Mackay Road Policing Unit's Sergeant Gerry Doyle said the unit was determined to make Mackay's roads safer and stem the "obvious problem in the area".

"So far this year we've detected 78 offences of driving with a relevant drug in the system which is quite concerning," he said.

"I think we all know drugs are a major problem not only in our district but far wider than that so the plan will be ramping up roadside drug testing.

"As part of our traffic operations there will still be a strong focus on alcohol, on drink-driving, but now there will also be a strong focus on drug-driving."

Sgt Doyle said while roadside drug testing used to be done with the travelling roadside drug testing unit, things were now more permanent.

"Earlier this year there were a good number of additional officers trained up around the state (so) we have several officers here that are now trained to do roadside drug testing," he said.

"We've been in the process since the additional officers had been trained, slowly but surely ramping up roadside drug testing around the district."

Sgt Doyle assured drivers the testing would be done through the course of normal duty as well as in large-scale operations.

"Anyone out there in the district doing the wrong thing, no matter where they are in the district, they run the risk of being caught."



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