Sergeant David Arthurs: It’s part of our job.
Sergeant David Arthurs: It’s part of our job.

Drink driving message isn’t getting through to some

IF YOU drink or take drugs and get behind the wheel, you will be caught.

That's the message from Sergeant David Arthurs following a weekend operation focusing on detecting drink and drug drivers.

Operation Internode ran from Thursday to Sunday and saw police out in force at mobile and stationary RBTs in the Rockhampton CBD and on the Capricorn Coast.

During the operation, 25 people were caught driving with drugs in their system and eight people were over the alcohol limit, with one recording a reading of 0.127.

Sgt Arthurs, from the Rockhampton Road Policing Unit, said the number of people driving with drugs in their system was "quite alarming". However, he said the rise in people caught with drugs in their system was also partly down to an increase in testing by police.

Sgt Arthurs said while the operation had ended, police wouldn't stop doing RBTs.

"It's part of our job, every day of the week," he said.

"If you're going to drink or take drugs, just don't drive. You're not only putting yourself at risk, but you're putting others at risk.

"It's the same message we say all the time, but it just doesn't seem to be getting through."

In addition to charging several drink and drug drivers, Sgt Arthurs said there were 108 infringement notices handed to drivers.

He said several people were also charged with drug, weapons and property offences as a result of the operation.

Sgt Arthurs said more drink drivers were caught over the weekend outside Operation Internode.


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