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Australia Crackdown on drug drivers in Queensland

12:07  28 february  2021
12:07  28 february  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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Forty-four people have been killed on Queensland roads already this year, up more than 20 for the same time last year.

And some drivers are still not getting the message.

Drug testing has been ramped up across the state and will continue to be a focus for police.

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9News was on the scene at a police operation where drivers were being randomly pulled over for drug tests.

One driver, when asked what they had, replied with an answer that frustrated police. And after allegedly testing positive for drugs, police said they also found marijuana in the back of his car.

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A group of passengers were caught not wearing seatbelts.

"You just forgot to put it on … you couldn't find it? You forgot?" police could be heard saying as they scrutinised the people in the car.


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"And you forgot. Alright, did anyone put their seatbelts on when they got in the car, or they just forgot?"

Police then turned their attention to the driver of the car.

"You've gone positive for a relevant drug," they inform her before she is taken away in the back of a police van.

Acting Inspector Paul Algie has issued drivers with a stern warning.

a man riding on the back of a car: Police then turned their attention to the driver of the car. © Nine Police then turned their attention to the driver of the car.

"If you are under the influence of drugs, do not get behind the wheel. And if you do, expect to see us," he said.

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"The tragic reality is more Queenslanders will be killed this year due to drug drivers," Acting Inspector Algie said.

Police say one in every five Queenslanders tested is now returning positive results for drugs, prompting them to launch a state-wide crackdown in response.

"Think about your family, your loved ones — not only is there a chance that you'll get caught, there's a serious chance you'll have an accident and end someone's life," Acting Inspector Algie said.

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