One in five drivers tested for drugs over the Australia Day pseudo-long weekend returned positive results for methamphetamine, while only one driver was charged with drink-driving.
Acting Sergeant Dave Sanders of the Bendigo Highway Patrol said a 24-year-old White Hills woman, a19-year-old Bendigo man and a 21-year-old Flora Hill woman all tested positive forice on Sunday, with the latter also charged with driving while disqualified.
On Tuesday, a32-year-old Bendigo man tested positive for methamphetamine and cannabis while driving an unregistered vehicle without valid number plates and was also charged with failing to have an alcohol interlock fitted.
Acting Sergeant Sanders said police performed a total of 21 drug tests at the weekend and one in five positive results was a higher than usual strike rate.
“Peoplejust need to not do drugs and drive,” he said.
“It affects everyone in different ways and no one knows how it will affect them becausewe don’t know what’s actually in it.
“It’snot tested like alcohol,you know what’s in alcohol, [synthetic]drugs are manufactured with unknown materials so you can’t be 100 per centsure what’s in them.”
Meanwhile a 50-year-old woman from Kangaroo Flat was charged with drink-driving after recording a blood alcohol level of .072 in Bridge Street on Saturday afternoon.
The Bendigo Highway Patrol conducted just under 700 breath tests over the four day period.
Three motorists were charged for driving with a suspended licence, five were charged with driving without a licence and 14 were charged with driving unregistered vehicles.
Acting Sergeant Sanders said it was the responsibility of anyone who borrowed a car to ensure that the vehicle was registered.
“Driversneedto ensure that thecarthey’redriving isregistered so they canavoid getting an almost $800fine,” he said.
More than 40drivers were booked for speeding, including six who were caught driving at more than 25km/h over the speed limit and are expected to lose their licence for at least six months as a result.
Acting Sergeant Sanders said the worst case of speeding was recorded by a 20-year-old Tylden man who was clocked at 179km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Old Calder Highway in Taradale.
His vehicle was impounded along with five others.
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