Drugs and other traffic offenses a fatal combination

If you’re a heavy vehicle operator in Queensland, chances you’ve been required to take part in alcohol and drug testing recently, thanks to Operation Austrans.

An article on bigrigs.com.au quotes a top traffic cop in NSW who says the transport industry cannot afford to become complacent in terms of workplace drug testing.

Chief inspector Phil Brooks says that combining drug use with other offences such as speed tampering, fatigue, and other infringements,  heightens the risk on NSW roads.

The article highlights that the comments come after a recent blitz at a vehicle inspection station on the Pacific Highway at Bundagen, where 175 trucks were stopped and the drivers asked to under alcohol testing. 100 truck drivers also underwent drug testing. The good news is that ‘only’ three positive roadside tests were recorded

The article highlighted recent incidents where:

  • A heavy rigid driver tested positive to methamphetamines
  • A driver of a five-tonne truck tested positive to cannabis
  • A driver of a B-double returned a positive breath test
  • A driver of a light vehicle returning a positive test to cocaine after being detected exceeding the speed limit.

To read the full article go to https://www.bigrigs.com.au/news/drug-use-only-heightens-the-risk-on-our-roads-says/4018346/.

By Michael

Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Melbourne and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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