Roma’s staggering number of drink, drug drivers over Christmas
A man who drove down the notoriously dangerous Carnarvon Highway while high on marijuana was only one of many drink and drug drivers already caught endangering lives on Roma roads over the Christmas period.
Officer in charge senior sergeant Duane Frank has revealed nine people have been pulled up for drink and drug driving offences this December alone, and they will be facing court in the early new year.
Of the five people busted for driving with drugs in their system, two men aged 23 and 24 were found to be on methylamphetamine.
Police also found two men from Central Queensland, aged 41 and 39, one of which was driving a prime mover on the Carnarvon Highway while under the influence of marijuana.
A 52-year-old Roma woman was also done for drug driving.
“If anyone is prepared to run the risk over the next couple of weeks, there’s a high chance they’ll be stopped by police, tested, and charged,” senior sergeant Duane Frank said.
“Is it a concern, yes. Police have a zero tolerance approach and there’s no excuse if anyone’s caught drink or drug driving.”
There have also been six drink drivers caught by police since December 1, which is very concerning for police during the Christmas period.
These offenders returned breath readings anywhere between 0.05 per cent to 0.125 per cent.
One woman was caught at 7.30am in the morning while driving over the legal limit.
Senior sergeant Frank said people could wake up after a night of drinking and still have alcohol in their system when they drive off in the morning.
“Which is evident this month by people stopped at 7.30am in the morning,” he said.
The legal alcohol limit is 0.05 per cent for open licence holders, and zero for learners, P-platers, probationary licence holders, and heavy vehicle operators.
Everybody processes alcohol and drugs differently and there’s no set rule for how long it’ll take to get back to zero.
Senior sergeant Frank is also reminding people to manage their fatigue on the road, take breaks every two hours, and consider changing drivers from time to time.
“Police just want people to drive safely, drive to the conditions, and if they’ve been drinking, do not drive,” he said.