Rockhampton Senior Constable Leicha Edwards is shocked by the number of drug affected drivers she has come across in CQ.
Rockhampton Senior Constable Leicha Edwards is shocked by the number of drug affected drivers she has come across in CQ.

Recent rise in drug drivers across Capricornia

FORGET drink driving, drug driving seems to be the offence of choice for Central Queensland motorists of late.

In the past few weeks, Rockhampton police have noticed a spike in drug driving offences across the Capricornia district with five drug drivers caught on Monday alone.

Rockhampton Senior Constable Leicha Edwards works on the frontline of Capricornia roads day in, day out and said she was shocked every time she intercepted a drug driver.

"It is quite disturbing every time we catch someone to think they are out there driving around in the community," Const Edwards (pictured) said.

"There has been a spike in speeding and drug drivers recently. It's happening everywhere."

Road Safety Week 2015 launched in Capricornia on Monday and police have already had unacceptable results from motorists.

Senior Sergeant Ewan Findlater of the Rockhampton Traffic Branch said drug driving was a huge focus of the campaign.

"Probably the most concerning thing was that we had five drug drivers detected," Snr Sgt Findlater said.

"It was a combination of methylamphetamine and cannabis; it was mostly methylamphetamine though. Some tested positive for both.

"As our capabilities to drug test increase, we are seeing a massive increase in positive results.

"Last week we had 11 test positive, the week before it was about eight. They're surpassing drink drivers."

ROAD SAFETY WEEK

Monday's results

  •  More than 200 infringement notices issued
  •  26 infringements issued for drivers using mobile phones, 11 for seatbelts and 91 for speeding
  •  1087 random breath tests, 1 drink driver, 5 drug drivers
  •  5 crashes of which two involved injury


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