Beaudesert police join statewide campaign against drug driving

ON DUTY: Police line up roadside to test drivers during the fruitful Operation Tango.
ON DUTY: Police line up roadside to test drivers during the fruitful Operation Tango.

LOCAL police have joined Operation Tango Anaconda, a state-wide enforcement operation targeting drug driving launched Monday and running until June 30.

The campaign focusses on random drug testing aimed at deterring drug driving offences and preventing serious and fatal crashes that occur as a result.

Acting Inspector Paul Algie said drugs were the cause of almost 10 per cent of road fatalities nation-wide, with the impairment significantly increasing the likelihood of a crash.

"If you are driving with drugs in your system you are 10 times more likely to be responsible for a crash," he said.

This comes after Fassifern police charged a 37-year-old Allandale woman and a 24-year-old Aratula man with drug and alcohol related offences after traffic stops at the weekend.

A 37-year-old Allandale woman will face Ipswich Magistrates Court after police pulled her car over at Frenches Creek at 1.50pm on Friday. Police said during a search of the vehicle they found an implement used for smoking dangerous drugs. She is due to appear in court on March 26.

A 24-year-old Aratula man was charged with drug driving after officers from the Ipswich Road Policing Unit pulled him over on Church Street, Boonah at 10.30pm on Saturday for a roadside drug test. Police said the man returned appositive result and was due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court later this month.

A 31-year-old Riverview man was charged with drink driving after he was stopped at Peak Crossing on Saturday. He will face Ipswich Magistrates Court on March 19, where a reading of 0.083% will be alleged.