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Deadly drug war is one we can’t afford to stop fighting

Bill O’Chee writes in the Brisbane Times (6.1.16):

‘Over the holiday period up to January 4 this year, Queensland police conducted 178,873 roadside breath tests, and charged 799 people with drink driving. They also conducted 2667 roadside drug tests, and charged 557 with drug driving.

‘Given the vast difference in the number of alcohol and drug tests conducted, the number charged with drug driving is truly frightening. This is, however, consistent with what is now the reality: across Australia 30 per cent of fatal road accidents involve drivers under the influence of drugs.
It is clear that the flood of drugs on our streets, and in our nightclubs, has become one of the most significant causes of death on our roads. It cannot be ignored.’

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