Too many drug drivers, say police

TRAFFIC OPERATION: Eight drink drivers were intercepted in total but more were caught drug driving during Operation Stopper on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.
TRAFFIC OPERATION: Eight drink drivers were intercepted in total but more were caught drug driving during Operation Stopper on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.

CAPALABA police have roadside tested more 2,200 motorists in two nights as part of a statewide crackdown on drug and drink driving.

Operation Stopper was held on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 across the state, with Redlands police deployed between 6pm and 6am at two locations.

More than 15 officers from Capalaba's road policing and tactical crime units and bayside patrol group were set up at Moreton Bay Road near Dan Street on June 1 and at Finucane Road's Coolnwynpin Creek crossing the next night.

Eight drink drivers were intercepted in total but more were caught drug driving.

Bayside patrol group tactician Senior Sergeant Dave Eugarde said ten motorists tested positive for drugs.

"We are still detecting too many drivers returning positive drug readings," he said. 

"People need to realise the dangers of taking drugs not only to themselves but to others should they choose to drive a vehicle."

Senior Sergeant Eugarde said police were catching smaller numbers of drink drivers across the South Brisbane district, including in the Redlands.

But the numbers of drink and drug drivers involved in serious or fatal crashes was still too high.

"We take road safety very seriously as both drink and drug driving have been directly responsible for deaths on our roads," he said.

"The community no longer accepts this type of behaviour." 

Redlands police arrested four people on 20 charges and issued 25 traffic infringement notices during Operation Stopper.

Senior Sergeant Eugarde said Redlands drivers should expect to be tested more often.

"Motorists in the bayside area can expect to see more operations in the near future targeting these offences,” he said.

“It is not a matter of being caught it is just a matter of when."

A Capalaba man was charged with several dangerous driving and drugs charges after his car crashed into another vehicle at Manly West on Christmas Day last year, killing a mother and daughter. 

More than 95 people have been killed on Queensland roads so far this year.