Police saturate Gold Coast Highway in blitz on dangerous driving

DOZENS of police saturated the Gold Coast Highway in Southport last night as part of state-wide Operation Stopper.

Officers intercepted hundreds of vehicles travelling north along the highway outside Australia Fair around midnight.

Across the state, 11 drivers were caught drink-driving, one tested positive to drugs, 86 were detected speeding, 20 were caught not wearing their seatbelts and eight were nabbed using their mobile phones while behind the wheel.


Road Policing Command Inspector Ron Barry said it was particularly disappointing to see people continuing to speed.

“While Operation Stopper has concluded, our commitment to keeping Queenslanders safe on the road is not,” Inspector Barry said.

“In the lead up to Christmas, we will continue to be relentless in targeting those who continue to put their lives and the lives of innocent drivers at risk.

“People who speed, drink and drug drive, use their mobile phone behind the wheel, drive while tired or deliberately not put on their seat belts should remember that they’re referred to as the Fatal Five for a reason.”

Operation Stopper is a combined traffic and general duties operation aimed at detecting dangerous driving in the lead up to Christmas.