Drug trial to test the waters
QUEENSLAND boaties have been warned there will be more police patrolling risky driving with new drug testing kits rolled out across the state.
Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan today announced a trial of on-water drug testing to help make the state's waterways safer.
Three Draeger Drug Test 5000 devices will be shared across Queensland as part of the trial and 16 water police officers have been trained to use the new equipment.
On-water drug testing has been undertaken in Queensland since 2010, however in the past water police have always required the assistance of road policing units.
Senior-Sergeant David Edden of Brisbane Water Police said the trial would give his team the training and capacity to undertake their own testing independent of these joint operations.
"With this new water police capability to test in more places more often, drug drivers of vessels will be caught," Senior Sergeant Edden said.
Brian Kelsey has been the president of the Redlands RSL Fishing Club for the past three years.
He said while he has never come across anybody driving under the influence of drugs, the extra policing capabilities were "good news for everybody".
"Obviously anyone driving under the influence of drugs is always a problem in a boat or a car," he said.
"So this is good news for everybody on the water."
The pilot will be evaluated after six months.
Mr Ryan said the ultimate aim was for every water police unit across the state to have a Draeger DrugTest 5000.