Number of drug drivers increasing in SA

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to increase drug testing over the holiday season as new figures reveal that the number of South Australians caught drug driving has increased.

According to the 2014 Road Safety Annual Report, despite fewer drug tests being conducted in 2014 compared to 2013, almost 1,000 more South Australians were caught drug driving: 

 

2013

2014

Number of drug tests

51,361

49,645

Number of positive tests

3,768

4,672

 

This means that almost 10 per cent of drivers tested for drugs last year returned a positive result.

“Firstly, Police Minister Tony Piccolo must explain why the number of drug tests conducted has fallen from 2013 to 2014,” said Shadow Minister for Road Safety Corey Wingard.

“Secondly, Minister Piccolo must ensure that the Government increases drug testing to crack down on drug drivers.

“This is particularly important as we head into the Festive season, where people are out and about at social functions.

“Drug driving is completely unacceptable and everyone who hops behind the wheel of a car has a responsibility to do the right thing.

“We need to make sure that our roads are safe, and the Government cannot afford to drop the ball on this very important issue.”