Utility Vehicle Intercepted With 12 Passengers Crammed Inside 'Like Sardines'

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 201711 views
Published: January 13, 2017

A utility vehicle was intercepted in a central Queensland town on New Year’s Day for carrying too many people.

Logan District police said in a <a href="http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/blog/2017/01/03/dangerous-dozen-edens-landing/" target="_blank">statement</a> on January 3 that they saw 12 people scramble from the back tray and front cab of the car after they urged the driver to pull over on Castille Crescent in the Brisbane suburb of Edens Landing.

The 21-year-old driver from Mount Cotton was issued with a notice to appear in court for exceeding carrying capacity of a vehicle, driving without a license, possessing a drug utensil and drink driving with an alleged blood alcohol content of 0.038 percent, according to the police.

The Tactical Crime Squad’s Acting Senior Sergeant Adrian Burns said the passengers were “packed side by side like sardines.” Footage released by Queensland Police shows passengers jumping hastily from the car as it pulls over.

“Driving behind them, police could see there were unrestrained people in the back tray which is not only illegal but extremely dangerous. Not wearing a seatbelt is one of the fatal five, 14% of all fatalities in Queensland involved an unrestrained person,” Burns said.

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