Full-day police crackdown on Bruce Hwy
POLICE promised to crack down on highway drivers in the wake of recent crashes, and they have delivered.
In a large-scale operation conducted by district officers in conjunction with Queensland Transport on Friday, the Bruce Hwy, north of Maryborough, was locked down for an entire day so drivers could be subjected to random breath tests and vehicle checks.
The operation was carried out in the northbound lanes near the Showgrounds from 8am to 10pm and involved officers from the Maryborough Traffic Branch, the Tactical Crime Squad and general duties police from across the Fraser Coast.
The automatic number plate recognition vehicle was brought to the region to detect unlicensed drivers and unregistered vehicles. Police conducted 1725 random breath tests and issued 34 traffic infringement notices.
Seven people were charged for drug offences.
Four others were given notices to appear in court after they were found breaking various traffic laws.
Inspectors from Queensland Transport assisted police in examining 69 heavy vehicles throughout the course of the day.
One truck driver was issued with a fatigue breach, meaning too many hours had been spent on the road.
Inspectors also unearthed seven vehicle standard and safety breaches and issued eight defect notices.
District police chief, Superintendent Mark Stiles, said the operation was held to promote safety on district roads by targeting the fatal four - speeding, drink-driving, seatbelts and fatigue.
"We want to demonstrate that we are committed to road safety," Supt Stiles said.
He said he was satisfied with the results and the dedication shown by all officers involved.
He hoped the operation would send a clear message to drivers that police were always out enforcing the road rules and attempting to reduce road trauma.