Drivers fail drug tests
FOUR Tweed drivers have returned positive drug tests during a weekend traffic blitz, police said.
Tweed and Gold Coast police have joined forces over the Queen's Birthday long weekend, targeting driving offences on the border's roads.
Officers have been conducting drug tests and breath tests, as well as vehicle defect and registration checks.
Double demerits are being issued for all speeding and seatbelt offences until the traffic operation ends at midnight tonight.
Sergeant Rod Golden of the Tweed Highway Patrol said his officers conducted about 1700 breath tests on the southern side of the border from Friday afternoon until Saturday night.
From those, 28 drivers were found to be over the legal alcohol limit.
He said four drivers returned posi- tive drug tests, with three of those picked up on Saturday night.
Tweed/Byron police have also issued 64 speeding tickets and 60 tickets for various other offences.
Sergeant Golden said many of the speedsters were caught in the Banora Point area on Friday and Saturday.
“We've had a lot of complaints about the speeding of young drivers around Banora Point on Friday and Saturday nights,” he said.
“So we wanted to respond to those complaints and we ended up catching about 15 or 16 (speeding drivers) in about two hours.”
Four of those were caught travelling at more than 30km/h over the speed limit.
“It is also double demerits so there would be a lot of unhappy drivers in Banora right now,” Sgt Golden said.
He says he can't understand why so many drivers were found breaking the law when the cross-border operation had been widely publicised in the media.
“Sadly, people still aren't getting the message and considering the high-profile nature of the operation it is unbelievable that they are still doing the wrong thing,” Sgt Golden said. “At the end of the day, the responsibility needs to go back on the drivers.”
Police have conducted random breath tests across the command, including the Pacific Highway and Ducat Street at Tweed Heads.
The cross-border traffic operation has been aimed specifically at the large crowds attending Coolangatta's Wintersun Festival.
“It's good working with Queensland police on this operation and it helps us get the message out to drivers a bit more,” Sgt Golden said.