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Mildura Weekly : Friday April 28 Vol 11 No 25
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 VOL 11#25 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU FREE EVERY FRIDAY DRUG-drivers across Mildura and the rest of the State have been put on notice following the launch of a new Trans- port Accident Commission (TAC) campaign aimed at reducing drug-related deaths on Victorian roads. Last year, 41 drivers killed on the State’s roads had drugs in their system, compared with 26 drivers who died behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.05. Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, and TAC Chief Executive Officer, Joe Cala- fiore, unveiled the new campaign recently. It highlights a Victoria Police and State Government plan to ramp up drug testing, while also inform- ing potential drug-drivers that they can ‘expect more drug tests, more places, more often’. According to the campaign, ev- ery Victoria Police highway patrol vehicle will now be able to test for drugs. A television advertisement will also aim to hit close to home for drug-drivers, depicting a clean-cut young man enjoying Sunday lunch with his family before offering to drive his grandmother home. During the trip, he is stopped for a random drug test while his grandmother looks on as the test reveals the presence of illegal drugs from the night before. Drug-driving now outstrips drink-driving as the major cause of fatalities on Victorian roads, with the campaign aiming to educate the community that illegal drugs can remain detectable long after the feeling of impairment has passed. Mildura Highway Patrol Act- ing Sergeant Nigel Hoyle said education around the effects of il- licit drugs was vital to stamping out drug-driving. “People are still surprised to learn that drugs stay in their system for a lot longer than alcohol,” he said. “They tend to compare drugs to alcohol, when in reality they are two very different things. “Alcohol is consistent, we know, roughly, how long it takes for alco- hol to leave someone’s system. “Drugs are completely different. Different drugs might be made up of different ingredients, and could remain in your system for days, not just hours.” Acting Sgt Hoyle said that while drivers “were getting the message about drink-driving”, education around drug-driving would ulti- mately help stop the dangerous practice. “Education is vital,” he said. “It gets to the stage where people de- cide if they are going to take drugs and drive, or drink and drive, based on the knowledge they have. “When it comes to drink-driv- ing, people know that the chance of them getting caught is high, so they are educated enough to not do it. “The same now has to apply to drug-driving. People need to un- derstand that the chances of them getting caught with drugs in their system is increasing. “People also need to think about the people that may be trav- elling with them, often the people they love and care about the most, as well as other people on the road.” Victoria Police conducted more than one million breath tests in 2015-16, and more than 100,000 drug tests last financial year, with the Victorian Government also re- cently investing $15million in 10 new state-of-the-art drug and booze buses. New TAC campaign targets drug-drivers ON NOTICE Meet Olivia Wells, the former model who turned her back on the world of fashion to embrace medicine. The 22-year-old’s intellect and drive is as striking as her fresh-faced beauty, and she has a very down-to-earth nature – a trait that was almost certainly a factor when judges crowned her Miss Universe Australia in 2013. She recently spoke with the Mildura Weekly’s ALEXANDRA TRELOAR. For the full story turn to Page 12. Photo: PAUL MENSCH Beauty, and brains Authorised Dealer for Parts and Servicing of: 335 Benetook Avenue, Mildura VIC 3500 • (03) 5023 1701 AH: 0427 632 110 • firstname.lastname@example.org • Truck hire • Workshop facilities • 24hr breakdowns OUR SERVICE PROVIDES: • Fully equipped field service vehicles WE SPECIALISE IN: • Caterpillar equipment • Heavy earthmoving equipment and machinery • Farming equipment and machinery • Labour hire • Licensed A/C repairs for all makes and models AU30311 • Road transport all makes and models • 4x4 vehicles • Vehicles Remapping Locally owned and operated Servicing and repairs of all makes and models dedicated to customer service and satisfaction.
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