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Nearly 2000 Methamphetamine-Fueled Drivers Caught By Victoria Police

Almost 2000 Victorian drivers were caught under the influence of ice last year.

Victoria Police figures show an average 38 drivers a week were detected on the drug, a more than 30 per cent increase on 2013.

Overall, more than 3500 drug affected drivers were caught on the state’s roads in 2014, up almost 1000 in a year.

Victoria Police drug driving detections in 2014:

  • Methamphetamine only – 1970
  • Cannabis only – 805
  • MDMA only – 65
  • Combination of drugs – 661

Total: 3501.

Read more in Herald Sun.

Newcastle Drug Driving Shocks Police

More Newcastle drivers have been caught with drugs in their system than any other regional area in the state following a one-month police operation.

While one in six drivers who were subjected to drug tests in regional areas tested positive, that number was worse in Newcastle with more than one in every five testing positive.

In total, 152 drivers returned positive results from 720 tests conducted during a five-day period in Newcastle last month, police said.

In other regional areas where the tests were conducted such as Richmond, Port Macquarie and Orange, the ratio was one in every six while across the entire state the ratio is one in every 13.

Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said the results were shocking.

Read more in Newcastle Herald.

Shoalhaven Police Test for Drug-Drivers Daily: One In Five Drivers Test Positive

More than one in five drivers tested positive for drugs in a weekend police blitz in the Shoalhaven.

Officers in Nowra, Sanctuary Point and Ulladulla conducted roadside drug tests on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 5pm. Of the 119 tests administered, 24 returned positive – 15 for cannabis and nine for methamphetamine.

Shoalhaven will soon become one of the first commands in the state to test for drug-drivers on a daily basis, with officers to be trained in the use of drug testing equipment.

“The Highway Patrol here will soon start training for that, and we’ll have our own instruments based here in Nowra full-time. It will be a daily thing, like RBT, and it looks like we have some need for it. People will be drug tested on a regular basis,” said Sergeant Mick Tebbutt, of Nowra Highway Patrol.

Read more in Illawara Mercury.

Source: www.illawarramercury.com.au

Side Effects of Marijuana Legalization: Canadian Company To Develop A Cannabis Breathalyzer

Since marijuana is being legalized in a number of states across the U.S. for recreational and medical purposes, the presence of a device that could measure the level of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in an individual has become the need of the hour.

Yahoo News confirms that a Canada-based firm, Cannabix Technologies, Inc., is in the final stages of developing such a breathalyzer device, which will be able to measure the THC levels. THC is a psychoactive element present in cannabis. Cannabix hopes to become the first company to launch their product in the market before their competitors.

Read more in International Business Times.

Source: www.ibtimes.com

Victorian Drink-Drug Drivers To Face Tough New Penalities

Drivers with drugs and alcohol in their system have until now been charged with either drink-driving or drug-driving, but not both.

Victorians caught driving with a potentially deadly mix of drugs and alcohol in their system will face fines of up to $41,000 and a minimum two-year licence cancellation.

In an Australian first, tough new laws to be introduced by the Andrews government on August 1 will create a separate offence for drink-drug driving.

Under the crackdown, Victoria Police will be able to impound the vehicles of first-time offenders who test positive for drugs and also have a blood alcohol concentration of .10 or higher. First offenders will also face a minimum 12-month licence suspension and fines of up to $4550.

Read more in SMH.


Source: www.smh.com.au

Drugged Toowoomba Driver Clocked 169km/h

A south-east Queensland man’s car has been seized after he was allegedly clocked almost 70km/h over the speed limit while on drugs.

Toowoomba Road Policing Unit officers spotted the 30-year-old driving along the Gatton Bypass at Sandy Creek, between Gatton and Toowoomba about 6pm Sunday.

Police handed him an infringement notice, suspended his licence for six months and impounded his four-wheel drive.


Read more in Brisbane Times.

Source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au

Dumb and Dumber – A Pair of Drug-Driving Dopes Caught By South Australia Police At Evanston

A woman has been reported for drug-driving and driving while disqualified — just minutes after taking the wheel from another woman in the same car who was also caught drug-driving.

Police stopped a car on Longford St at Evanston, about 2pm on Thursday, and tested the driver for alcohol and drugs.

The Evanston woman, 41, returned a positive reading for methamphetamine. She was fined for first offence drug-driving and directed not to drive for 24 hours.

Police stopped the same car on Elgin Ave about 15 minutes later and discovered the driver was now the passenger from the first offence.

It is alleged the Gawler West woman, 47, also returned a positive reading for methamphetamine and was driving while disqualified.

She was reported and summonsed to appear in court at a later date. The car was impounded for 28 days.

In a controversial court case this week, a judge found a drug-driving mother of three not guilty of dangerous driving.

Read more in Perth Now.

Source: www.perthnow.com.au

Mudgee Police Draw Line On Drug Drivers

When the “drug bus” was in Mudgee over the weekend one in six drivers they tested returned a positive result for an illicit substance in their system, namely cannabis and methamphetamine.

The Mudgee Local Area Command called it a “shameful display” and NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, who visited Mudgee this week calls the offence “drug driving disgrace”.

The police have made their intentions clear, they plan to target drug driving in the same way they have done with random breath testing for just over three decades.

Read more in Mudgee Guardian.

Source: www.mudgeeguardian.com.au

Victoria Police Minister Moves To Block Legal Challenges By Drunk, Drugged Drivers

Police Minister Wade Noonan has moved to block more than 1100 alcohol or drug affected drivers from mounting legal challenges to their penalties, after it was revealed that hundreds of police officers had performed the tests without authorisation. He said the retrospective legislation was a matter of last resort but had to be introduced as there was “a risk that legitimate prosecutions and infringements for drink and drug driving that rely on evidence obtained through these tests could fail on a technicality.”

Source: www.theage.com.au