DRUG RISE: North Burnett police have seen a rise in drug drivers these past few months.
DRUG RISE: North Burnett police have seen a rise in drug drivers these past few months. Rob Wright

Drug drivers on the rise in the Burnett

POLICE in the North Burnett have been cracking down on drugs, with 367 drug offences recorded for the Wide Bay Burnett.

From these statistics the North Burnett had 31 drug offences from the month of March through to the end of April.

Gayndah is leading the statistics with 10 drug offences in a space of two months, followed by Mundubbera on seven.

Senior Constable for the Gayndah police Brian Nugent said as of April, operation North Aerate commenced as a way of educating and enforcing laws to itinerant workers.

He said drugs were a focus for police throughout the region.

"Unfortunately to date we have seen an increase in drug drivers throughout Gayndah compared to previous years for the same time,” Snr Const Nugent said.

"While they are in our community I strongly urge those who deal with our overseas workers and those that they know are involved in the use of illegal drugs to remind them that not only is using drugs illegal but to then drive is extremely dangerous and places lives at risk.”

Snr Const Nugent said overseas workers who used illegal drugs could have their visas cancelled.

"This operation will continue for several months and will involve drug search warrants, further traffic enforcement and education campaigns,” he said.

"I thank the community for continuing to provide information on drugs and other offences and ask them to continue providing their assistance and information as we all benefit from less drugs in the community.”


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