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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