Police execute big sting
DRIVERS travelling along the Warrego Highway between Dalby and Chinchilla on Friday and Saturday morning had a surprise waiting for them in Warra, with police officers pulling over most vehicles for alcohol and drug tests.
Beginning at 8am Friday, officers from around the region converged on either side of the road to undertake the well executed operation.
Senior Constable Andy Gates of the Dalby Road Policing Unit said the 28-hour mission went smoothly.
"It was a success, we've got a lot of figures to go through but it went well,” Snr Const Gates said.
Snr Const Gates noted that in excess of 2000 vehicles were pulled over during the operation, with the intent of targeting three key issues.
"It was aimed at targeting drink driving, drug driving and transportation of drugs in the area,” Snr Const Gates said.
Amazingly, out of 2374 vehicles pulled over, only one driver was found to be over the legal limit.
255 roadside drug tests were also conducted, which brought about 20 drug driving charges.
There were also two heavy vehicle drug drivers detected.
In total there were 23 persons charged who will be attending Magistrates Court on a total of 34 charges.
71 traffic infringement notices were also issued.
Police departments from across the region were involved in the large scale sting, working together to keep the roads safe for the residents of the Western Downs.
Snr Const Gates added there would be another operation in the future.
"The operation was held by the Dalby Road Policing Unit with the assistance of police from Dalby, Chinchilla, Cecil Plains and Jandowae,” he said.
"Special Units within Queensland Police also assisted with the operation.
"We had one in 2016 in Warra that was similar.
"We will definitely have another in the future.”