Road cops kick off new campaign

Roma police patting some sheep as they conducted breath tests. Pictures: Queensland Police.

Officers from the Queensland Police Service’s South West District kicked off their Christmas Road Safety campaign ‘Operation Victor Mistletoe’ last week.

On Friday, 17 November, Roma General Duties Police, as well as Roma and State Highway Patrol Units posted up along the Warrego Highway and the Roma township for high visibility static and mobile enforcement operations.

With the 2023 Roma Cup festivities over the weekend, police also carried out roadside breath tests, and roadside drug testing.

Officers charged a number of drivers with drink driving offences as a result of the testing frenzy.

QPS report that at 1.30pm on Friday, 17 November, a 24 year-old Roma man was alleged to have a .053 breath alcohol concentration while driving a white Landcruiser utility on the Warrego Highway.

They further allege that at about 12.30pm, a 68-year-old Charleville man was intercepted in a silver Toyota Camry by Roma Police and detected drink driving at .069 BAC.

At around 12:25am on 19 November, police allege they detected a 20-year-old New South Wales man drink driving on Charles Street, Roma with a reading of .059.

At 8am that same day, police allege a 22-year-old Chinchilla woman was intercepted and detected drink driving on the Warrego Highway at Roma, providing a reading of .094 BAC.

At 11.45am later that day, a 34-year-old Runaway Bay man was intercepted on the Warrego Highway and detected drink driving, providing a reading of .09 BAC.

All were charged with drink driving over the general limit and are scheduled to appear in the Roma Magistrates Court on 12 December.

“In addition to the drink drivers detected, six drug drivers were detected,” said Senior Sergeant Duane Frank, officer in charge of the Roma Police Station.

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