While the use of drugs as a way of helping to stay alert for long stints behind the wheel is – rightly or wrongly – commonly associated with truckies, it seems that some grey nomads are also guilty of the crime.
In the past six months of the 403 drivers tested on Queensland’s Fraser Coast for the presence of speed, ice, ecstasy or cannabis, some 97 gave positive readings.
And police have been shocked to find that the offenders do not always fit the generally youthful stereotype.
“We are finding that some of our grey nomads are testing positive,” Maryborough District Acting Superintendent Stephen Donnelly told the Fraser Coast Chronicle. “And in some senses it can be more dangerous (than drink driving).”
Roadside drug tests are conducted by police in conjunction with random breath tests for alcohol, but only on people they believe may be driving under the influence of an illegal substance.
Drug driving is categorised as one of the Fatal Five factors which contribute to deadly crashes on Queensland roads.
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