Springwood police have just wrapped up there four-day major traffic operation ‘Chevron Mint’.
Starting on Thursday night on Loganlea Road Slacks Creek, followed by Monte Street Slacks Creek, Sports Drive at Underwood and finishing off on Paradise Road, Daisy Hill the regular enforcement operation continued to live up to its reputation as one of the more high profile and successful operations run in the Logan District.
Senior Constable Ben Sier of Springwood Police, who is the driving force behind the operation, believes the regular major enforcement operations are having a direct impact.
“We’ve seen a steady decline in the number of drink drivers detected over the last five years and a lot of that can be attributed to the highly visible work we are doing in the area,” Senior Constable Sier said.
“In saying that, we are still disappointed that we apprehended a total of 13 drink drivers from 4,933 cars intercepted over the four days.
“The highest reading was 0.236 per cent, which is almost five times over the limit.”
There were also nine drivers charged with drug driving from the two shifts that the drug testers were operating. Police will be working closely with the Springwood Road Policing Unit and the specialist Roadside Drug Testing Unit in the coming months to combat those figures.
A total of 48 people were charged with 61 offences including seven drug related offences including possession of ice and cannabis, 17 unlicensed drivers, as well as several other traffic offences and a further 41 traffic infringement notices were issued.
Close to 30 officers partook in the operation, the majority made up of officers from Springwood Police Station, who were gratefully assisted by officers from Loganholme, Logan Central and the Springwood Road Policing Unit.
On Sunday night after the work had been completed, Springwood Chef and master of all social activities Senior Constable Ropati Nasalio (pictured below in his official BBQ Chef attire) cooked up an amazing steak, chicken wings and prawns feast on the station BBQ for the staff involved.
There were some tired legs from four days standing on the road but the officers still had enough energy at the end to sing Happy Birthday to Constable Anthony Lyons and help him eat his birthday cake.
Springwood Police would like to thank all those drivers intercepted over the last four days for their patience and support in making the streets and their families safer on our roads.
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