Random drug testing on Victoria’s roadsides a pain, inconvenient, a money-making exercise or a life-saver? You be the judge.

ICE enemy number one on Victorian roads

An article in the Herald Sun has highlighted the danger of the drug ICE on Victoria’s roads and the government’s increase in roadside drug testing, in part to prevent further carnage.

According to the article, while alcohol use is higher at night and on weekends, it is ICE that is causing carnage on the state’s roads at every minute of the day and week.

To illustrate the danger of ICE, one statistic stands out. That is, close to one in five motorists killed have ICE in their system. That’s correct, nearly 20 per cent of people killed on Victoria’s roads have used ICE recently.

In  the article, it’s highlighted that experts believe one of the issues is caused by the drug’s addictive qualities, which means that users are getting behind the wheel shortly having a fix.

Victoria’s drug testing ramps up

The state government spent $9.8m between 2016-19 on increasing roadside drug testing.

Road Safety Minister Ben Carroll said: “Any measure that saves Victorian lives on our roads is worth taking.”

For those that have a Herald Sun subscription, you can read the full article here.

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The dangers of ICE and Victoria’s ramping up of roadside drug testing  have been highlighted in a Herald Sun article. Credit TAC (image modified).

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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 Thomastown 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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