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Police Crackdown On Drug-drivers This Festive Season

Dec 25, 2017

POLICE will be armed with a new weapon to force drug-affected drivers off the road this festive season after the roll-out of new portable drug-testing kits.The more compact roadside tests were unveiled yesterday by police at the launch of their Christmas traffic campaign.

During the first two hours of the blitz yesterday at a booze bus in Burswood, five drivers allegedly tested positive for drugs.Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said in the past, drug testing had been limited to booze buses or within close proximity to police stations.

The cost of a single mouth-swab test, which analyses a driver’s saliva for THC, MDMA and methamphetamine, is $45.Mr Dawson said further tests to confirm a positive result took the total cost of a drug-driving infringement to $250.“The real cost is the loss of lives and the serious harm to motorists on our roads and that cost is enormous,” he said.“Drug-impaired driving will not be the only focus of traffic law enforcement this campaign but it will be a heavy focus.”

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said this year more than 8000 drivers had been charged with drink-driving and more than 2615 had been caught driving under the influence of drugs.