Drink drivers have long been a problem everywhere, but in Western Australia’s the South West part of, drivers under the influence of ice while behind the wheel are, according to local police, are becoming a bigger problem that those who drive drunk.
Five out of five drivers positive for ice
In a report for ABC News, Katrin Long says Bunbury police expressed concern when five out of five drivers they randomly tested for drugs over two and half hours on a weekend returned positive results for ice.
Making the situation even harder for authorities is the fact that only a few specialist officers are equipped to conduct random drug tests on drivers. This makes ice-using drivers less likely to be stopped and tested for drugs compared to drink drivers, who are relatively easier to catch considering every officer has access to alcohol testing equipment.
What Bunbury police have discovered over the weekend only confirms the ongoing ice epidemic, which even PM Tony Abbott has described as the worst-ever drug problem in Australia. Even more disturbing is the finding of Bunbury police that the five drivers caught positive for ice are aged between 31 to 47, which implies that supposedly experienced, mature and sensible people are the ones ignoring everything that’s wrong with ice and are getting behind the wheel.
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