Blitz catches drug drivers

THERE were more motorists caught under the influence of drugs than alcohol during a four-night police blitz on the Bruce Hwy and Sunshine Coast roads at the start of the school holidays.

There were 13 positive drug drivers from 135 roadside drug tests detected compared to 11 drink drivers stemming from 4980 random breath tests.

The four-night traffic crackdown came to an end at Meridian Plains on Saturday night following stints on the Bruce Hwy at Federal, Beerburrum and Palmwoods.

Sunshine Coast Police acting inspector Troy Pukallus said it was surprising to see drug drivers overtake drivers under the influence of alcohol.

"It's usually the other way around," Act Insp Pukallus said.

"To have people driving under the influence on the highway where it's 110kmh in most places and with families on the road on holiday... it's very concerning to us."

Act Insp Pukallus said testing nearly 5000 people was evidence of the high volume of traffic on the coast for school holidays.

"We wanted to have a police presence to match that and to try to reduce injury accidents and make people rethink their behaviour for both fatigue and under the influence."

The most dramatic arrest came after a police officer fired at a vehicle after the driver allegedly tried to run him over.

It was alleged the driver was in a stolen vehicle when he sped towards the constable, who was directing traffic through a police road block at Beerburrum early Friday morning.

Police gave chase before the driver lost control at the Caloundra exit to Landsborough.

A man, believed to be a passenger, was arrested but others were understood to have fled on foot.

Two stolen cars refused to stop for police that night, resulting in four juveniles being arrested when one of the cars was stopped near Brisbane using road spikes.

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