Safety laws tar­get driv­ers

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Drug driv­ers and mo­torists who use their mo­bile phones are be­ing tar­geted as part of the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s road safety re­forms.

The Road Trans­port Leg­is­la­tion Amend­ment (Road Safety) Bill 2018 ex­tends pow­ers re­lat­ing to road­side oral test­ing for co­caine, in­creases penal­ties for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence and en­ables cam­era-based en­force­ment of il­le­gal mo­bile phone use.

Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans said that the re­forms would help achieve the gov­ern­ment’s road safety goals as part of the Road Safety Plan 2021.

‘‘NSW is the first ju­ris­dic­tion in Aus­tralia to in­tro­duce leg­is­la­tion to en­able au­to­mated cam­era en­force­ment of mo­bile phones, show­ing this gov­ern­ment’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to road safety as tech­nol­ogy and so­ci­etal trends change,’’ Mr Evans said.

Last year 74 peo­ple lost their lives in crashes where a driver or rider had an il­licit drug in their sys­tem.

In­spec­tor Paul Huggett from the Mur­ray River Po­lice District said he would sup­port the amend­ment.

‘‘I’d sup­port any ini­tia­tive to re­move in­tox­i­cated driv­ers from our roads (drugs and/or al­co­hol). We as a com­mu­nity have to send the mes­sage that this be­hav­iour is not ac­cept­able and will not be tol­er­ated,’’ he said.

‘‘Our fam­ily and friends drive on th­ese roads and de­serve to do so with­out the risks that an im­paired driver presents.

‘‘All im­paired driv­ers will con­tinue to be tar­geted not only in the west­ern sec­tors of the Mur­ray River Po­lice District, but across the district as a whole.’’

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