Police target drug drivers

RACQ has warned motorists drug driving would not be tolerated as Queensland Police Service launched a major operation targeting those who risked lives being intoxicated behind the wheel.
police conducting RBT

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie welcomed Operation Tango Anaconda, a four-month long high visibility, drug testing operation on highways across the State. 

“If you drive under the influence of drugs, you’re 10 times more likely to be responsible for a crash,” Ms Ritchie said. 

“Drugs have a wide range of impacts on the body, particularly your vision, coordination and decision-making skills – it’s a recipe for disaster behind the wheel. 

“But it’s not just illicit substances that are dangerous, many prescription medications can also impair your ability to drive safely.”

Ms Ritchie urged drivers taking medications to check with their doctor about the impacts they could have on their ability to drive. 

“We’re already seeing a terrible trend with lives lost on our roads, with 43 people killed already in 2021,” she said. 

“Don’t’ drive drug affected, but it’s also a reminder to observe all the Fatal Five behaviours. Wear your seatbelt, and don’t speed, drive drunk, tired or distracted.”

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