Co­caine con­sump­tion high in the re­gions

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tra pro­tec­tion for our emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel who put their lives on the line,” Mr Grant said.

Min­is­ter for Roads, Mar­itime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the new rule will strengthen cur­rent laws and re­quire mo­torists to slow down to 40km/h when an emer­gency ve­hi­cle is stopped and has its red or blue lights flash­ing on all roads.

“The new rule will be­gin as a 12-month trial from Septem­ber 1, fol­low­ing a com­pre­hen­sive pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign,” Mrs Pavey said. Safety Fund grant to pur­chase and in­stall CCTV cam­eras in six key lo­ca­tions along the main street of Nar­romine.

Po­lice Min­is­ter and Mem­ber for Dubbo, Troy Grant, said the busi­ness com­mu­nity of Nar­romine has been ad­vo­cat­ing to Coun­cil to im­prove sur­veil­lance of the main shop­ping strip.

“The near $180,000 in fund­ing will en­able Coun­cil to in­stall CCTV cam­eras specif­i­cally in those ar­eas where as­saults (non-do­mes­tic) and ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty oc­cur most.

“Po­lice will be able to di­rectly view CCTV footage from both Nar­romine and Dubbo Sta­tions en­abling them to ac­tively mon­i­tor those high-in­ci­dent ar­eas and move peo­ple on when needed.

“CCTV footage will also be used to pros­e­cute of­fend­ers and hold them to ac­count,” said Mr Grant.

It’s great to see this ini­tia­tive hap­pen­ing. THE Australian Crim­i­nal In­tel­li­gence Com­mis­sion has to­day re­leased the fourth re­port of the Na­tional Waste­water Drug Mon­i­tor­ing Pro­gram, re­veal­ing NSW re­ported the high­est lev­els of co­caine con­sump­tion in cap­i­tal city and re­gional sites na­tion­wide.

NSW also re­ported an in­crease in co­caine use and some of the high­est MDMA and heroin con­sump­tion lev­els na­tion­ally.

Across the eight sites mon­i­tored in the state in De­cem­ber 2017 – three cap­i­tal city sites and five re­gional sites – find­ings show cap­i­tal city and re­gional sites in NSW had the high­est av­er­age co­caine con­sump­tion lev­els na­tion­ally, with the state also re­port­ing the high­est re­gional MDMA and heroin con­sump­tion lev­els na­tion­ally, ac­cord­ing to Australian Crim­i­nal In­tel­li­gence Com­mis­sion Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Michael Phe­lan.

He said the Na­tional Waste­water Drug Mon­i­tor­ing Pro­gram is world-lead­ing based on the num­ber of sub­stances tested, the fre­quency of test­ing, its breadth, depth and geo­graphic scope and the lon­gi­tu­di­nal data it is gen­er­at­ing.

Not great news for the bush.

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