Biker club visit caused little disruption, police say
MONDAY: Gladstone police reported that a national motorcycle run at the weekend was successfully managed with minimal disruption to members of the Gladstone community.
Members of the Black Uhlans Motorcycle Club rode through the region on Friday night as part of an annual get together.
Gladstone Superintendent Glenn Kachel said a significant commitment of officers from Gladstone and Rockhampton districts, State Crime Operations Command's Task Force Hydra and the State Traffic Task Force managed the conduct of those involved in the national run, with no significant incidents requiring police intervention.
"The level of compliance by this group, I believe, can largely be attributed to the resources committed to the operation by police to maintain the standard of behaviour of those involved," he said.
"Priority for Queensland Police Service is and always remains the safety of the travelling public and for the Gladstone community during visits by groups of this nature."
The group ran into a major police intercept on the Bruce Highway near Gympie earlier on Friday, with three members of the club testing positive to drugs.
Riders were calm and compliant as they were tested by police.
UPDATED: Police are intercepting a biker gang on the Bruce Highway south of Gympie as up to 100 members of the Black Uhlans motorcycle club travel north as part of a national run.
News Limited reports more than 70 officers are stopping, searching and conducting random alcohol and drug testing on riders.
A smaller group of 10, believed to be from the Sunshine Coast area, were pulled over just before 11am, followed by a much larger contingent of about 80, travelling together from Brisbane.
Police are reportedly taking photos of club members, doing licence and background checks and asking riders to remove their shoes as part of the search.
The club is coming to Gladstone for its annual gathering.
EARLIER: A MOTORCYCLE gang on a national ride coming to Gladstone may cause minor traffic delays, police have warned.
The ride will begin today with a large number of riders expected to travel from Brisbane's southside this morning through to Gladstone and Bundaberg over the next two days.
Police said at this stage the exact route the riders would take was unknown, but "every attempt will be made by police to manage the run effectively, with priority to ensuring the safety of all motorists".
Police anticipate there may be some delays expected from this morning on roads including major highways and the Gateway Motorway in Brisbane.
Every effort will be taken by police to minimise delays, but motorists are asked to take note when planning their journey.
The Queensland Police Service, including officers throughout south-east Queensland policing regions and State Crime Operations Command's Task Force Hydra, will respond to any issues accordingly.