A truck driver complies with a licence, rego and compliance check, breath test and drug test during the police blitz.
A truck driver complies with a licence, rego and compliance check, breath test and drug test during the police blitz. David Crossley

Police blitz takes a toll

A TRAFFIC blitz on the Bruce Hwy in Gympie's north had positive results, police said.

The roadblock overnight from 7 o'clock on Wednesday was part of a nationwide operation targeting heavy vehicle compliance and drink drivers as part of the Gympie Police District's focus on road safety.

Gympie general duties police were assisted by Gympie's Traffic Branch, and CIB, as well as officers from stations at Kilkivan, Imbil and the Maryborough Tactical Crime Squad.

More than 500 drivers were breath tested and 10 people were charged with a variety of offences, including drink and drug driving, drug possession, property offences and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Police also issued a number of traffic infringement notices for minor traffic offences.

Snr Sgt Reeves said the results highlighted how high-visibility policing within the Gympie District was looked at in a positive manner with only one drink driver detected for such a large number of vehicle intercepts.

"I was extremely impressed that no offences were detected in relation to heavy vehicles which reinforces the positive effect of what the National Operation Austrans is having with the heavy vehicle industry," he said.

Operation Austrans is the only heavy vehicle road safety compliance and enforcement operation which has a national participation.

This operation has been conducted annually since 1989 and delivers a collaborative effort to enhance safety in heavy vehicle transport.

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