Girls gone bad: Four women busted drug, drink driving

A FEMALE learner driver is among four separate women charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs in a week.

The 17-year-old girl, who was pulled over by police driving a BMW unaccompanied on Sunday night, will appear in the Roma Magistrate's Court in April after she allegedly blew a reading of .096 - nearly double the legal limit for an open-licenced driver.

Learner drivers must have a BAC of zero in the state of Queensland.

All four of the motorists caught in the last week for either drink or drug driving were female.

A 20-year-old female driver has also been charged with drink driving after Roma Police said she registered a BAC more than double the legal limit after being stopped last week.

The woman will appear in court on March 30.

A 25-year-old Bundamba woman was also charged by police for drink driving after being stopped along Bowen St.

She allegedly blew a reading of .11 and will appear in court this month.

The only drug driving case was a 49-year-old woman from Gemfields, who police said admitted to smoking synthetic marijuana when she was stopped along the Warrego Hwy outside Roma.

Roma Police also charged an Emerald couple with possessing drugs and drug utensils after their car was stopped and searched.

Roma Officer in Charge Barry Winter noted the unusually high number of females, but also said the age of many of the defendants was "dangerous".

"The fact is unaccompanied learner drivers are dangerous enough, but when drink-driving is involved it becomes even more dangerous," he said.

The news comes after a RACQ survey found one in 10 motorists admitting to driving during the past year after having taken illicit drugs including marijuana, cocaine, speed or ecstasy.

And that figure is about the same as it has been for the last three years, according to the motoring organisation.

RACQ also said research revealed 28.5% of those surveyed had driven under the influence of prescription medication in the past 12 months.

Snr Sgt Winter said while drug driving detection had increased in the Roma area, it was at least partially due to increased police resources.


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