Central region

The Task Force targets road trauma in the Center region

Traffic Enforcement Task Force officers traveled nearly 13,000 miles patrolling highways in the state’s Central Region during a six-day operation focused on identifying unsafe driving behavior on highways between Brisbane, Rockhampton, Mackay, Toowoomba, Dalby and Miles.

As of March 12, the 11-person contingent issued more than 600 violations, including 518 for speeding.

Acting Chief Superintendent Ray Rohweder said it’s important drivers don’t become complacent when driving long distances because their safety, that of their passengers and the wider community could be at risk. in danger.

“The decisions you make on the roads can have real consequences – the behavior our task force members have seen during this operation is simply not acceptable,” Acting Chief Superintendent Rohweder said.

“A driver was spotted on the Peak Downs Highway between Mackay and Moranbah. He thought he got away with it until he realized he had passed an unmarked police car.

“He learned a very valuable lesson – when you’re on the roads, there are officers you can see and others you can’t. If you do the wrong things, expect to see us anywhere, anytime.

Acting Chief Superintendent Ray Rohweder has expressed frustration at the dangerous behavior of a motorcyclist with a passenger who was detected speeding twice in seven minutes at Charters Towers.

“Motorcyclists are among our most vulnerable road users and if they crash at high speed the consequences can be catastrophic,” he said.

“This pilot not only put his own life in danger, but also the life of his passenger.”

Officers from the Traffic Policing Task Force detected a number of heavy vehicle offenses including speeding, altering work logs and lack of adequate breaks.

Acting Chief Superintendent Rohweder said the violations detected involved a range of road users and clearly showed how important it is for motorists to ensure our roads are a safe place.

“We can be out and about enforcing the law all day, but ultimately the decisions on the road are up to the person driving or riding the motorcycle – it’s your responsibility and we want people to take it seriously” , did he declare.

During the six-day period, nearly 230 roadside drug tests were carried out, which detected six drug drivers. Four people were ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt and two for using a cell phone.

The Traffic Policing Task Force will continue to patrol Queensland’s motorways to detect unsafe driving behavior that results in road trauma.

The task force has issued more than 600 violations - 518 to speeding drivers

Statistics – Traffic Police Working Group

March 12 to 18

  • 6 days
  • 7 vehicles
  • 11 officers
  • 21,480 km traveled (3,580 km per day)
  • Total offenses – 605