Drug testing in Geelong reveals worrying figures. Credit Jes https://www.flickr.com/photos/mugley/659785073/

Roadside drug testing results in Geelong a concern

According to an article in the Geelong Advertiser, it’s possible drug-drivers caught travelling in the Geelong region could outnumber drink-drivers for the third consecutive year.

In fact, the number of people failing drug testing looks like being a record for 2020, with 37 per cent more drug-­affected drivers detected in Geelong in the first six months of the year than in the same ­period in 2019.

The Geelong ­Advertiser article revealed:

  • 133 drivers failed drug testing in the Geelong area between January 1 and June 30, compared with 75 drink drivers.
  • In 2019 police nabbed 253 drug drivers and 165 drink drivers.
  • Geelong Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant Craig Stevens has said that drug driving had been a leading cause of road fatalities across the state since 2013.
  • He believe there is a perception in ­regional areas that you can take illicit drugs and drive, and get away with it, but this is not the case.
  • He added, like alcohol, drugs could reduce a driver’s ability to have full control of a motor vehicle, slowed down reaction times, distorted perception of speed and distance, and ­reduced concentration and co-ordination when driving.

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Drug testing in Geelong reveals worrying figures. Credit Jes https://www.flickr.com/photos/mugley/659785073/

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