When the “drug bus” was in Mudgee over the weekend one in six drivers they tested returned a positive result for an illicit substance in their system, namely cannabis and methamphetamine.
The Mudgee Local Area Command called it a “shameful display” and NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, who visited Mudgee this week calls the offence “drug driving disgrace”.
The police have made their intentions clear, they plan to target drug driving in the same way they have done with random breath testing for just over three decades.
Following the infamous one in six weekend the Mudgee LAC’s message to the local community via their Facebook page read “with such a high rate of Positive tests the drug bus will become a regular fixture in the Mudgee area”.
Assistant Commissioner Hartley too pledged “more resources from Sydney such as the drug bus on the weekend”.
So those in law enforcement have drawn their line in the sand and now it’s time for the community to do the same.
As mentioned earlier, 30 years of RBT was recognised recently and it was acknowledged that it represented one of the biggest shifts in public opinion.
From “taking away our liberties” in the early days to the stigma that’s attached to the offence today.
Admittedly driving under the influence of illegal drugs has never been accepted in the same way drink driving was, but it must be viewed by the community in the same light.
After all, it’s our community that these people are driving around in and we all need to use our roads.