Police crackdown on drug driving

MOTORISTS with drugs in their system are 10 times more likely to be responsible for a road crash.

Queensland Police are cracking down on drug driving. PHOTO: Shaun Ryan.

That’s the warning from Queensland Police Acting Inspector Paul Algie.

Queensland’s men and women in blue launched Operation Tango Anaconda yesterday – a state-wide enforcement operation targeting drug driving.

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Acting Inspector Algie said drugs were the cause of almost 10 per cent of road fatalities across Australia, with impairment significantly increasing the likelihood of crash.

The operation will run from March 1 until June 30 and will focus on high visibility random drug testing.

The aims are to deter drug driving offences and prevent the serious and fatal crashes that could occur as a result.

“We know all too well that these crashes have very serious consequences that can directly impact your life, and those around you,” Acting Inspector Algie said.

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All available offices across the state will be involved in the operation.

“The message we are sending is very clear – if you are under the influence of drugs, do not get behind the wheel. If you are drug driving, you can expect to see us,” he said.

“Road safety is your responsibility. Every decision you make when you’re behind the wheel counts.”

As of February 25, 43 lives have been lost on Queensland roads so far this year.

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