Coast police were out in force in Mooloolaba over the weekend for a major traffic operation.
Coast police were out in force in Mooloolaba over the weekend for a major traffic operation.

Boozers busted as Coast cops nab 50 drink and drug drivers

A major, two-day traffic operation in Mooloolaba over the weekend has nailed 50 drivers putting other lives at risk.

Conducted in co-operation between the Sunshine Coast Road Policing Unit, State Traffic Taskforce, roadside drug testing units, police from across all Sunshine Coast divisions and even drug detection dog squads, Operation Lockdown nabbed 25 drink drivers and 25 drug-drivers from Friday and Saturday night.

A number of sites were set up throughout Mooloolaba, as well as roaming patrols being carried out.

Of more concern was the fact that police and volunteers had letterbox dropped almost 800 pamphlets on Friday night in the area, warning residents against drink-driving, prior to Operation Lockdown beginning.

Senior Sergeant Gavin Marsh, officer in charge of Maroochydore Police Station, said it was frustrating that the message continued to be disregarded by Coast drivers.

"We'll catch them, but we're also trying to educate the public not to do this sort of thing," Snr Sgt Marsh said.

"I don't think the message is getting through."

Snr Sgt Marsh warned Coast motorists police would continue to be out in force, determined to catch those driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


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