Targeting drug drivers
Drug-affected drivers have been put on notice in a new TAC campaign to reduce drug-related deaths on the roads.
Drug testing will be ramped up throughout the state, with Roads Minister Luke Donnellan telling drivers they can expect more drug tests, more places, more often, with every highway patrol vehicle able to test for drugs.
Last year, 41 drivers killed on the roads had drugs in their system, compared with 26 drivers who died behind the wheel with a BAC over 0.05.
Drug driving now outstrips drink driving as a cause of fatalities on Victorian roads.
‘‘Drug driving is a major killer on Victorian roads and those who think it’s a risk worth taking need to understand they will be caught,’’ Mr Donnellan said.
‘‘Any highway patrol vehicle in Victoria can test for drugs at any time and where people least expect it.’’