Drug-drive numbers alarming during Road Safety Week

A STRING of drug and drink drivers have been caught during Road Safety Week in Central Queensland and police say the numbers are alarming.

Sergeant Dave Arthurs confirmed 16 drug drivers and 11 drink drivers were caught between Monday and Thursday in the Capricorn region.

"There is an issue with drug driving and on Wednesday alone we had seven drivers detected, five in Emerald and two in Rockhampton," Sgt Arthurs said.

Road Safety Week - Share the Road: Acting Senior Constable Kellie Knight visited St Joseph's Park Avenue to teach the students Dominic Fitton and Lauren Handford about road safety.
Road Safety Week - Share the Road: Acting Senior Constable Kellie Knight visited St Joseph's Park Avenue to teach the students Dominic Fitton and Lauren Handford about road safety.

"There seems to be an increase in drug drivers and from our figures it appears there are more drug drivers than drink drivers of late."

He said when it came to drug driving there was not a specific person they targeted, with people from all demographics being caught.

Police will be increasing their patrols to catch more drug and drink drivers.

As Road Safety Week nears its end, police are hoping to avoid another fatality and are asking drivers to take their time getting to their destination and be courteous to other road users.

ROAD STATISTICS

Figures recorded from Monday to Thursday across Capricornia

Mobile phones - 52

Seatbelts - 27

Speeding - 407

Other traffic offences - 280

Drink drivers - 11

Drug drivers - 16

Breath tests - 8000