A FRIGHTENING number of drink and drug-affected motorists were pulled off the streets of Mooloolaba over the weekend during a two-day blitz.
Sunshine Coast Police were shaking their heads in disappointment after nabbing 30 drink-drivers and three drug-affected drivers during the two late nights of Operation Lockdown.
Half of those caught under the influence of alcohol over the weekend had more than twice the legal blood-alcohol limit in their system.
One man was caught with a blood-alcohol level of 0.328 on Friday - six times the legal limit.
Another man, riding a pushbike, was charged after recording 0.266.
The operation on Friday and Saturday began at 6pm and ran for 10 hours at three different sites in and around Mooloolaba.
It involved a large number of police from various stations, with support from the traffic branch, state traffic task force, the roadside drug testing unit and Queensland Transport.
Maroochydore Police officer in charge Gavin Marsh said he was not expecting such a high number of inebriated motorists.
"It's very disappointing," Senior Sergeant Marsh said.
"It's very concerning to see this number of offences identified during that two-day operation.
"Most concerning was not only the number of drink-drivers but the relatively high readings.
"We've got 15 of those offences which were 0.089 and above. That's a high level of drinking."
Snr Sgt Marsh said the numbers were especially concerning as the summer school holidays approached - the peak tourism time for the Mooloolaba area.
"Following these results, we will be having these operations more regularly across the Sunshine Coast," he said.
"I want to remind people that we will be out there anywhere, anytime."
Others nabbed during the operation included two people on possession of dangerous drugs.
Seven motorists were charged with being unlicensed and two with disqualified driving offences.
Three drug drivers and 111 defective vehicles were detected, and 26 infringement notices were issued on top of that.
Police impounded two cars.
>> OUR SHOCKING RESULTS BY THE NUMBERS
- 30 drink drivers
- 0.328 the highest BAC recorded, more than six times the legal limit
- 3 drug drivers
- 7 people charged with driving unlicensed
- 2 people charged with disqualified driving
- 111 defective vehicles detected
- 26 infringement notices issued for defective vehicles
- 2 vehicles impounded