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14 April 2010

Police target Dinmore meatworkers as Redbank Plains man arrested on the way to work

Queensland Times

POLICE claim to have caught a man driving to work at more than  three times the legal limit during a recent traffic blitz aimed at  Dinmore meatworks employees.

A police operation focused on Dinmore meatworks employees.

POLICE claim to have caught a man driving to work at more than three times the legal alcohol limit during a recent traffic blitz aimed at Dinmore meatworks employees.

Ipswich Tactical Crime Squad (TCS) Sergeant Paul Andrews said police from the Ipswich traffic branch and officers from Booval and Goodna joined the TCS in conducting 300 random breath tests and licence checks on drivers as they arrived at the Swift Australia meatworks last Thursday.

Police issued 30 traffic infringement notices to Swift Australia employees. Most of those caught were charged with driving unaccompanied on a learner's permit.

A 28-year-old Redbank Plains man, who allegedly blew 0.15 per cent as he pulled in for a day's work, will face Ipswich Magistrates Court on May 12, charged with driving while under the influence of liquor.

"A notice to appear in court for unlicensed driving was issued, and another offender was taken to the Ipswich watchhouse as he was wanted on a bail act warrant," Sgt Andrews said.

Police intercepted 10 people who returned readings below the 0.05 per cent limit.

It was not the first time police had focused their traffic enforcement resources on the workplace, and is not likely to be the last. Police have promised that Thursday's operation was the first step in an ongoing process to address various issues raised by employees and unions associated with the meatworks.

Sgt Andrews said many employees who were doing the right thing last Thursday expressed their gratitude that police were cracking down on traffic offences committed by their workmates.

"The general view was that they and management are very supportive of cleaning up the image of the meat profession," Sgt Andrews said.

"They are aware that there are a few ratbags among them and that some meatworkers have come to the attention of police in recent times.

"It shows that Swift Australia's management are committed to providing a safer environment for all concerned."

No one from Swift Australia was available for comment yesterday.

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