Drugs involved in road deaths

NEW figures have shown the impact drug driving has on roads across the region.

Eleven per cent of road fatalities involving a driver or motorcyclist in the region had illicit drugs in their system.

There have been 238 drug driving offences in the region and 14 fatalities involving motorists with at least one of three illicit drugs, cannabis, speed or ecstasy in their system.

The area’s total drug driving offence rate per 10,000 licence holders is the same as the state average – 7.9 per cent.

This sort of data has never been collated before in the state’s history and marks an important step in tackling the use of drugs while driving.

More detailed information can be found on the NSW government’s Centre for Road Safety website roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/downloads/drug-driving-f.pd

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