Five drug drivers detected in three days

Five drug drivers detected in three days

Five drivers have been detected with illicit drugs in their system during a three-day police blitz across Young, Harden and Grenfell.

The Southern Traffic Group completed a three-day deployment to the Young sector between Wednesday, May 19 and Friday, May 21.

Their focus was on impaired driving, dangerous driving, hoodlum driving and increasing safety on country roads.

Two drivers were caught in Young and Harden, and another in Grenfell.

All drivers returned secondary positive tests, police say.

Legal action will follow laboratory analysis.

Inspector Jacob Reeves, Officer in Charge of Young Police Sector, said the results are disappointing.

"The rate of positive drug tests on roads across the Hilltops and Weddin local government areas is very disappointing. As I have highlighted before, the NSW Centre for Road Safety reports that the presence of illegal drugs in fatal crashes is around the same percentage as drinking and driving - about 14 per cent of fatal crashes. There is no excuse for driving with illegal drugs in one's system," Young Police Inspector Jacob Reeves said.

"We will continue to focus on the fatal five - speeding, intoxication (drugs and/or alcohol), failure to wear a seat belt, driver fatigue and distraction. The NSW road toll isn't simply a number. It is people. Sadly, it's closer to home than you think. It's people like you. Grandparents, mothers, fathers, children. Each year, over two-thirds of fatalities in NSW happen on country roads. More than 70 per cent of the people who die on country roads are country locals, and sadly males account for most of the fatalities. The fatality rate in country NSW is around four times the rate than in metropolitan NSW."

Full details of alleged offences:

  • Positive roadside drug test - Young

About 3.45pm on Wednesday, May 19, a 36-year-old male drove a green Subaru on Henry Lawson Way, Young. He was stopped for random testing which allegedly returned a positive result for cannabis.

He was arrested and taken to Young Police Station where a second test allegedly returned a positive reading for cannabis. He was issued with a suspension notice for 24 hours.

  • Positive roadside drug test - Harden

About 10am on Thursday, May 20, a 47-year-old female drove a silver Toyota on Albury Street, Harden. She was stopped for random testing which allegedly returned a positive result for cannabis.

She was arrested and taken to Harden Police Station where a second test allegedly returned a positive reading for cannabis. She was issued with a suspension notice for 24 hours.

  • Positive roadside drug test - Harden

About 10.50am on Thursday, May 20, a 34-year-old male drove a white Hyundai on Burley Griffin Way, Harden. The vehicle was stopped for random testing which allegedly returned a positive result.

He was arrested and taken to Harden Police Station where a second test allegedly returned a positive reading for cannabis. He was issued with a suspension notice for 24 hours.

  • Positive roadside drug test - Grenfell

About 3.30pm on Thursday, May 20, a 32-year-old male drove a green Hyundai on South Street, Grenfell.

The vehicle was stopped for random testing which allegedly returned a positive result. He was arrested and taken to Grenfell Police Station where a second test allegedly returned a positive reading for cannabis.

He was issued with a suspension notice for 24 hours.

  • Positive roadside drug test - Young

About 9.40am on Friday, May 21, a 35-year-old male drove a silver Ford on Prospect Street, Young. The vehicle was stopped for random testing which allegedly returned a positive result. He was arrested and taken to Young Police Station where a second test allegedly returned a positive reading for cannabis. He was issued with a suspension notice for 24 hours.