Operation Lasso snags truckies

Truckies cop infringement notices as part of traffic blitz on the Sunshine Coast

September 15, 2011

A small group of truck drivers has been hit with traffic infringement notices as part of a major police operation on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The majority of the 30 heavy vehicles intercepted during Operation Lasso were compliant with the law, with Queensland Police saying only eight drivers received notices.

The blitz was conducted from 8:30pm yesterday to 2am today on vehicles travelling on the Bruce Highway at Palmview.

The operation involved officers throughout the district, including plain clothes, uniformed, traffic and dog squad officers, as well as police from the State Traffic Taskforce and the Random Drug Testing Unit.

Police conducted over 1600 random breath tests and 46 random drug tests. Three drink drivers were caught, with the highest reading recorded at .059 per cent, and three drivers returned positive drug tests. One driver was charged for unlicenced driving.

Police handed out 22 traffic infringement notices and also issued eight Notices to Appear on a total of 10 charges, four of which related to the alleged possession of drugs, including amphetamines and cannabis.

Queensland Police says Operation Lasso is a high visibility ongoing operation designed to reduce the incidents of traffic, drug and property related offences on the Sunshine Coast.

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