If you fail preliminary drug testing on the roads or at work, does this mean you now have to face the consequences? Credit Gregg O’Connell https://www.flickr.com/photos/greggoconnell/418332051/ and Motor Verso https://bit.ly/3rnD3ZL (images modified).

Drug testing highs a low feeling on Central Coast NSW

A Daily Telegraph article suggests that if you drink and drive, you’re a bloody idiot, but if you take drugs and drive chances are you’re becoming a more common idiot.

This comes after the number of drug testing failures eclipsed the number of motorists charged with low range and mid-range drink-driving on the Central Coast NSW for the past two years, according to data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. In the last five years, drug-driving offenses have increased by 30 per cent across NSW and 45 per cent on the Central Coast in the same period.

In the article, the increase is attributed to the rise in roadside drug testing.

According to the article, Central Coast ranked seventh in NSW for the number of motorists charged with drug-driving in 2020 behind Sydney with 738 drivers charged, Sutherland 397, Port Stephens with 322, Fairfield at 314, Liverpool 305 and Lake Macquarie with 300.

The devastating consequences to the community from drug-driving is also illustrated in the article. For those with a subscription to the Daily Telegraph, see the full article here.

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Credit Gregg O’Connell https://www.flickr.com/photos/greggoconnell/418332051/ and Motor Verso https://bit.ly/3rnD3ZL (images 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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