Gold Coast police have issued 22 traffic infringement notices during a three-day operation primarily targeting motorists driving with unsecured loads.
Between 4am Wednesday and 1pm Friday, officers from Nerang, Coomera and Mudgeeraba proactively patrolled the Pacific Motorway, including key entry and exit points.
Police issued 12 traffic infringement notices (TINs) for failing to secure a load, three for driving a defective vehicle and seven infringements for other driving-related offences including speeding, driving while unlicensed, fail to stop at red light, using a mobile phone and others.
Northern Patrol Group Acting Inspector Andrew Godbold said it was a timely reminder for all motorists as more cars hit the road over the holiday period.
“As we’ve seen on our local roads recently, unsecured loads have the potential to end in tragic circumstances.
“Whether you’re driving around the corner or travelling on a highway, it’s important to understand that any loose object – whether it is a hammer, a piece of wood, or even a piece of rubbish – has the potential to cause a serious traffic incident.
“We implore motorists to do the right thing and ensure any items they may be carrying are secured appropriately.”
Acting Inspector Godbold thanked motorists for their understanding and engagement throughout the operation.
“Generally speaking we saw good compliance from a majority of the vehicles we intercepted and inspected.
“There will always be instances where people don’t do the right thing, but it’s also part of our role to educate motorists who, in some instances, genuinely believe they have secured their load appropriately.”