Beaudesert and Rathdowney police operation nabs drug drivers

POLICE SWOOP: Police charge 19 people after a road blitz in Scenic Rim.
POLICE SWOOP: Police charge 19 people after a road blitz in Scenic Rim.

Beaudesert police are disappointed that drivers are putting other members of the community at risk by driving while under the influence of drugs or liquor, after 19 people were charged with drug driving over a four day period.

Police from Beaudesert and Rathdowney, with the assistance of the Roadside Drug Testing Unit, Road Policing Task Force and Road Policing Unit Logan took part in a traffic operation.

The operation started Thursday, March 8 and ran through to Sunday, March 11.

Along with the drug drivers, police charged two drivers with drink driving, three with unlicensed driving and one for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

A heavy vehicle driver was charged for working more than the maximum permitted hours.

The 31-year-old Clontarf man will appear before the Warwick Magistrates Court on May 2.

One person was charged with possession of a dangerous drug.

The 22-year-old man from Beaudesert was issued a notice to appear and will appear before the Beaudesert Magistrates Court on April 24.

A total of 21 traffic infringement notices were issued and police conducted a total of 58 roadside drug tests and over 150 roadside breath tests.

Drivers were reminded that there was zero tolerance for driving with a relevant drug present in your system. 

Beaudesert Police Station’s acting officer in charge Geoff Douglas said officers conducted 230 random breath tests.

“We issued a total of 21 infringement notices for a variety of traffic offences,” he said.

Senior Sergeant Douglas said the results of the operation should serve as a wake-up call, espeically to people who may not know how long drugs stay in their systems.

Any trace of a relevant drug in your system is an offence, even if your driving is not visibly impaired.

Relevant drugs tested for were:

THC – the active ingredient in cannabis

Methylamphetamine – also known as speed and ice

MDMA – the active ingredient in ecstasy

Senior Sergeant Douglas said that there had been very little crime reported in the past week.

“There has been a leave embargo in place for the Commonwealth Games, so for the past eight weeks there has been an increased police presence in Beaudesert,” he said. 

“No police officer is on leave right now, everybody is at work and we’ve been very active so that may have had an effect on people’s behavior.

“Across the board we have had fewer reported crimes.”