25 drug drivers caught in five days across Fraser Coast

POLICE are urging drivers to ensure they are completely substance free after picking up 25 motorists for drug driving over the weekend.

The drivers were picked up as a part of a five day operation targeting drug drivers which started on Thursday evening.

Maryborough Road Policing Unit officer in charge Sergeant Tony McCarthy said about 15 officers had been conducting tests across the Maryborough Patrol Group area which includes Hervey Bay, Maryborough and surrounds.

"It's too high obviously," Sgt McCarthy said.

"We see it as an ongoing commitment to our area that we continue to enforce these rules."

Sgt McCarthy said drug driving tests had been conducted by Fraser Coast based officers for about 12 months and over that time the hit rate had been considerably high.

He said drug driving was as equally dangerous as getting behind the wheel while drunk.

"If you are impaired in any way it's very dangerous for all the community," he said.

During the operation police also charged four people of possessing dangerous drugs and six people for driving unlicensed.

The operation ended on Monday night.

Drug driving tests screen for ecstasy, ice, speed and marijuana.



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