Traffic operation targets hinterland roads, Gold Coast

The Queensland Police Service continues to conduct significant traffic operations in the Gold Coast Hinterland and on the Pacific Motorway, working to enhance road safety.

The operation focuses on high visibility patrols, enforcement, and engagement with motorists, following concerns raised by recent traffic incidents, including three fatalities in 2023 within the Hinterland area.

Inspector Kayleen James from Integrated Service Delivery says the operation is about saving lives on the roads.

“It’s about ensuring every motorist and motorbike rider understands the importance of road safety. We’re here to protect and serve the community, and sometimes that means being a visible deterrent to unsafe and dangerous driving behaviours.”

During the latest operation, a TESLA SUV was allegedly detected travelling at 28 kilometres over the speed limit on Mount Nathan Road at Mount Nathan around 12pm on April 12.

The vehicle was intercepted, and the 50-year-old female driver returned a positive roadside breath test.

A further test back at the station returned a 0.199% result which is almost four times the legal limit.

Police immediately suspended her licence, and the driver was charged with driving under the influence. She remained in custody until she found a suitable and safe transport home which was via a ride share operator.

At 2.50pm, the same day TESLA SUV was observed travelling west on Beaudesert Nerang Road at Mount Nathan. The vehicle was intercepted, and the same female driver was found to be driving.

A Roadside Breath Test was conducted, which was again positive. The driver was transported to Coomera Police Station, where a BAS test was conducted, which returned an analysis of 0.183%.

She was charged with a further count of driving under the influence and drive while disqualified. She is due to appear at Southport Magistrates Court on May 1.

“We’re sending a clear message that risky driving behaviours will not be tolerated. Whether it’s speed, intoxication, or improper load securing – these are choices that can have deadly consequences.

“This operation is part of our commitment to reducing the road toll and making our roads safer for everyone,” Inspector James said.

Gold Coast Police assures the community that such operations are an ongoing commitment to road safety and will continue to occur regularly.

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