Logan police issue 52 infringement notices, six people test positive to drugs during two-day traffic operation

The number of lives lost on Queensland roads has already almost doubled, when compared to this time last year, prompting a serious warning from RACQ. Photo: RACQ
The number of lives lost on Queensland roads has already almost doubled, when compared to this time last year, prompting a serious warning from RACQ. Photo: RACQ

FIVE people have been killed on Logan roads in 2021 - five more than the same time last year, taking the state's road death toll to 39.

The latest, a 17-year-old Beenleigh driver who died in a two-vehicle crash along Beaudesert Beenleigh Road and Belivah Road in Bahrs Scrub on Sunday morning.

Logan police targeted dangerous drivers in a two-day operation over the weekend.

They dished out 52 infringement notices and conducted more than 1300 random breath tests.

Sergeant Jason Robertson said a large percentage of serious crashes in the Logan area were a result of impaired drivers.

"Regardless of what motor vehicle you're driving, it's important for people to remember that they are in control of an object that can end lives in an instant," he said.

The night operation saw police conduct 30 random drug tests with six people returning a positive result.

A total of 12 notices to appear were issued to drivers for drink driving or unlicensed driving.

"It is our role to help keep the community safe, but ultimately people need to take accountability every time they step into a vehicle," Sgt Robertson said.

The number of lives lost on Queensland roads has prompted a serious warning from RACQ.

Spokesperson Clare Hunter said the state's road death toll had reached 39 just seven weeks into the new year.

"That's 20 more lives lost than at the same time in 2020, which is terrifying as last year was one of the worst on record.

"Despite repeated pleas for drivers to take care, Queenslanders are still dying on our roads," she said.

"Any death is an absolute tragedy, and when it involves teenagers, as was the case at Bahrs Scrub over weekend, it's particularly disturbing."

Ms Hunter said around 90 percent of crashes could be attributed to human error.

"We say it again and again but doing any of the Fatal Five behaviours risks lives. So please stick to the speed limit, wear seatbelts, don't drive if you've been drinking, or if you're tired or distracted behind the wheel. We can't afford to lose anyone else," she said.

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