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Methamphetamine, or ice, has been detected in the system of as many as one in every three drivers tested as part of a police operation in regional New South Wales.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said the recent operation in central western NSW turned up an alarming number of motorists with illegal drugs.6023790-3x2-340x227

“Mudgee had an operation at the weekend. One in three drivers had ice in their system,” he said, adding that drivers in Orange returned similar results.

Assistant Commissioner Hartley told a Senate hearing into road safety an increasing number of regional police stations now had testing equipment to detect drugs like methamphetamine, cannabis and MDMA.

He provided some test results from June, which he said illustrated the problem.

June drug driving figures:

  • Goulburn – 109 positives from 820 tests
  • Lismore – 170 positives from 633 tests
  • Newcastle – 278 positives from 1360 tests
  • Macquarie Fields – 178 positives from 780 tests

Assistant Commissioner Hartley said the number of drivers testing positive for illegal drugs was increasing across the state.

“In 2014, our detection was one in 25 across the state generally, so far this year it’s one in 13,” he said.

In contrast, drivers detected drink driving numbered one in 250.

“We do see a big issue with people driving with illegal drugs in their system and it’ll only get worse,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner Hartley said the police were aiming to carry out 100,000 drug tests annually by 2016-2017, from a base of 15,000 in 2007.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-02/ice-methamphetamine-detected-in-1-in-3-drivers-nsw-police-say/6590938

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