Police blitz nets 14 drug drivers

POLICE caught a "frightening" number of drug-drivers at the Cooloola Coast and Gympie in five days to yesterday.

The 14 unlawfully impaired drivers included only three drink-drivers from more than 516 tests.

A much smaller number of drug saliva tests showed cannabis, amphetamine or both in the other 11.

Nine of these were detected around the Cooloola Coast after Random Drug Testing Unit police swooped on the area on Thursday.

Tin Can Bay officer-in-charge Darren Grieve said the number of detected drug-drivers was frightening for sober drivers sharing the roads.

Gympie District inspector Jon Lewis said 516 vehicle interceptions during a Saturday night Bruce Hwy blockade at Six Mile netted one drink-driver with a reading of 0.062%, one unlicensed driver, one charge of cannabis possession, one unregistered and uninsured vehicle, two defective vehicles and two people speeding despite appalling weather.

The operation also netted one high-reading drink-driver at 0.15%.

- ARTHUR GORRIE


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