Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW, Katrina Hodgkinson has welcomed two new specially designed four-wheel-drives equipped to conduct random drug and breath tests operating in Western NSW.
Katrina said the two vehicles are the first in a new program worth more than $2 million to rollout dedicated drug testing vehicles across regional NSW and make roadside drug testing more mobile.
“The specially designed four-wheel-drives are able travel to remote rural areas, and on corrugated unsealed roads that traditional Highway Patrol vehicles were unable to access, to promote and enforce road safety,” Katrina said.
“The new purpose built drug testing vehicles – worth a combined total of $450,000 – are funded as part the Centre for Road Safety’s Community Road Safety Fund.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is focused on investing in community safety and ensuring if you drive under the influence of drugs you will be caught,” Katrina said.
“This is about getting unsafe drivers off our roads.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals are cracking down on drug driving right across our state and I welcome these two new purpose built 4WDs which are now operating in some of the most remote regional communities,” Katrina said.
“Drug driving is not only reckless and irresponsible, it’s illegal and those who get behind the wheel after taking drugs will be caught.
“We know that drug driving is a serious problem right across our state – with 1:13 roadside drug tests so far this year coming back positive.”
In 2013, around 16 per cent of all fatalities involved a driver or rider with an illegal drug in their system.
“This is exactly why we’ve committed $4.5 million to help Police tackle this problem – providing them with more state-of-the-art technology and resources to test for illicit drugs,” Katrina said.
“Roadside drug testing will be tripled 97,000 tests by 2017 and we are working closely with the community to raise more awareness about the dangers of this kind of behaviour.”
Caption: Western NSW’s new specially designed four-wheel-drive equipped to conduct random drug and breath tests