Increased drug use will be detected

MINISTER for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher said he was not surprised a blitz in the Shoalhaven last weekend by the mobile drug testing unit found over 10 per cent of drivers were affected by drugs.

He even foreshadowed that number may even rise.

“It will become more so as access of police to this sort of technology becomes widespread throughout every part of the state we’d expect see these sorts of numbers,” he said.

“Police are concerned about it and equally we as a government are concerned about the correlation between violence and illegal drug taking within our community.

“It is no longer just about alcohol, and that’s why we no longer talk about drunken behaviour we talk about intoxication, because intoxication also encompasses illegal drug use.”

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