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Damning statistics concern Dalby police

CONCERNING STATISTICS: More than one in four motorists tested for drug driving registered positive over the festive period.
CONCERNING STATISTICS: More than one in four motorists tested for drug driving registered positive over the festive period. Joseph Barclay

DRINK DRIVING has traditionally posed the greatest danger on our roads, however it appears drug driving has emerged as the region's biggest threat to motorists' safety.

With holidays coming to a close on our roads, Queensland Police have released statistics for the Southern Region of the state, which encompasses Dalby, which included three fatal crashes between December 23 and January 2.

Out of the 20,512 drivers pulled over for random breath tests, in this time only 107 drivers registered a positive reading.

In comparison, of the 390 drug-driving roadside tests performed on motorists over the same 11-day period, a frightening statistic of more than one in four people tested positive. The figure highlights the enormous negative impact drugs have on our roads.

Dalby Road Policing Unit's Sergeant Mark Woitowitz said drug driving, driving while distracted and fatigue were issues police encountered and they would continue to focus on them over the rest of the holiday period and throughout this year.

"These appear to be ongoing issues and ones that are keeping the Road Policing Unit busy over the holiday period,” Sgt Woitowitz said.

"We are also still seeing a few high speeds throughout the district with one vehicle recorded at 175km/h in a 100km/h zone.”

Despite some damning figures that shine a light on the huge task that Dalby Police face, Sgt Woitowitz said the majority of motorists had complied with the road rules and were well behaved over the festive period, particularly between Christmas day and New Year's Eve.

"We found that the community as a whole appeared to be heeding the warnings in relation to drink driving and were doing the right thing for the most part,” he said.

Other offences over the period included 44 people using their mobile phones while driving, 58 people not wearing a seatbelt and 4199 people caught speeding (both camera and non camera).

Mr Woitowitz said the Dalby Police would be out in force over the rest of the school holiday period.

He urged motorists to do the right thing and to remember to drive to the conditions.

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