Tar­get­ing drug driv­ers

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.’’

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