Operation Mistletoe for safer Christmas

    A major state-wide police blitz targeting drink drivers over the festive season kicks off this weekend and Gympie Patrol Group consisting of five stations, Highway Patrol and the Districts Tactical Crime Squad will be working together to ensure the residents and visitors of Gympie have a safe Christmas.

    Police are urging party-goers planning on drinking to also plan their trip home accordingly without putting themselves and others in danger and extra police will be out in force across Queensland’s highways and road networks in an effort to make sure everyone makes it home safe over the holidays.

    Gympie Patrol Group will be in line with this initiative via High Visibility and Covert patrols of local roadways and an increase in Random Breath and Drug Testing.

    The Queensland Police Service will be conducting Operation Victor Mistletoe over the festive holiday period until January 25, 2024, involving a range of strategies to target motorists speeding, drink and drug driving, driving distracted or not wearing a seatbelt.

    “Don’t meet us by accident, if you are over, its over”. says Gympie Patrol Group Chief Inspector Michael Miley.

    “Do not endanger the safety or yourself or other road users.

    “If you are tired, it’s time to have break.

    “Stay awake, stay alive and keep our community safe.

    “Don’t let distraction take its toll.”

    The Patrol Group will be using all available speed detection devices to ensure road users slow down and arrive safe.

    Lastly, motorists are urged remember all people travelling within the vehicle are required to be appropriately restrained and that seat belts save lives.