Coast cops arrest 16 in Bruce Hwy traffic blitz
Sunshine Coast police arrested 16 people and pulled over more than 700 drivers on the Bruce Highway as part of a statewide crackdown targeting drug driving.
Tactical crime, road policing and general duties officers from stations between Beerwah and Noosa conducted the operation at the Glass House Mountains on Tuesday night.
They targeted people travelling towards the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast District Tactical Crime Squad officer-in-charge Scott Wiggins said they were focused on increasing drug tests for drivers.
A total of 726 vehicles were intercepted for roadside drink and drug tests as police diverted motorists off the highway between 9pm and 1am.
Police conducted 20 random drug tests with 13 people testing positive.
Of those, 10 were found to be in possession of drugs.
Three drink drivers were also detected.
"The message is … if you chose to drink, consume alcohol or drive with drugs in your system, we will find you and we will stop you and remove you from the road," Senior Sergeant Wiggins said.
"It is a high volume arterial roadway, being the Bruce Highway, so it's anyone's guess how many will come through.
"We have identified that a lot of our injury and fatal traffic crashes, a percentage of those do involve drink and drug driving so it's important the public understands that we are out and about and we are testing drivers."