Qld police to target heavy vehicles in week-long road safety blitz

QUEENSLAND police are cracking down on truck drivers in a week-long road safety blitz targeting drink and drug driving.

Operation Papa Austrans started yesterday, with 469 drug tests conducted at the Coomera weigh pads, located just off the Pacific Motorway northbound.

Of those, seven drivers returned a positive drug test, police said.


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The operation has also so far seen 11 infringements handed out, with offences including speeding, seat belts, mobile phones, defective vehicles and driving unregistered or uninsured.

Acting Superintendent for the Road Police Command Peter Flanders said that a vast majority of truck and heavy vehicle drivers do the right thing, but there are always some that think the laws of Queensland don’t apply to them.

“We know from extensive research that the fatal five factors of drink and drug driving, distraction, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and fatigue all play a significant part in the trauma we see on our roads,” Acting Superintendent Flanders said.

“Given that we are coming into the holiday season which will see a lot of people hitting the road, all motorists need to remember to drive safely.”

Operation Papa Austrans will continue until December 9, with Queensland police out in full force on local roads.