By Arianne McManus
A new weapon in the fight against road fatalities is coming to the Northern Rivers and police are putting drivers who use illicit drugs on notice.
Richmond and Tweed Byron Highway Patrol cluster supervisor Senior Sergeant Chad George said the Drager DrugTest machine would be kept at Lismore Police station from May 2015.
Traditionally, Snr Sgt George said that drug testing operations across the region coincided with major events.
The Drager DrugTest device detects the presence of cannabis, methamphetamine, amphetamines, and cocaine in a driver’s oral fluid.
Once a positive roadside result is produced, the driver then undergoes further, more sensitive, testing to confirm the presence of illicit drugs.
The Richmond Local Area Command was identified as one area of NSW which had a high hit-rate for drug drivers.
In August, NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay announced 11% of fatalities on the state’s roads involved drivers of riders with illicit drugs in their system – justifying the rollout.
The original article “New device to let police drug test drivers ‘every day'” was posted at The Northern Star.