Queensland

Drug driving: One in four test positive on day six of Christmas holidays

Almost every fourth drug driving test has come back positive on day six of the Christmas holiday period in Queensland, with police expected to increase roadside drug testing in the new year.

More than 200 drug driving tests were performed on Monday, December 28, with 46 tests coming back positive, yet to be analysed.

The figures represent a dramatic increase on last year's numbers with 41 drug driving tests performed on the same day returning nine positive results.

Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Command Mike Keating said drug testing on Queensland roads revealed cannabis was the most common drug used.

"Disturbingly, what we are finding is that from the people we are testing, one in three, one in four are positive to some form of drug. That is a huge risk to us," Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

"We do see an increasing rate in relation to methamphetamines but it is nowhere near the detection rates we are seeing for cannabis."

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Drug testing was introduced in Queensland in 2007, with more than 130,000 roadside drug tests conducted so far.

In December 2014, Road Policing Command commenced the Statewide Roadside Drug Testing Deployment Project to increase the numbers of officers able to perform the tests.

As of March this year, 291 police officers were trained in roadside drug testing.

"Last year in Queensland we did just over 20,000 tests for drug driving, this year we are aiming to do between 28,000 and 30,000 tests this calendar year; that is a huge increase," assistant commissioner Keating said.

Queensland Police's Christmas Road Safety campaign runs up until Sunday, January 3, with police officers expected to crack down on the fatal five - speeding, fatigue, impaired driving (drink and drug), failure to wear a seatbelt and distraction/inattention - to minimise road trauma.

Police are also urging motorists to slow down and adhere to the speed limits, after motorbike rider was clocked at 215km in a 110km zone on the Bruce Highway at the Glass House Mountains on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

Traffic Offences Snapshot for December 28 2015:

  • speeding offences: 4004
  • seatbelt offences: 31
  • mobile phone offences: 52
  • other offences: 804
  • total offences: 1748

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