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Mar 24, 2017

TRUCKERS & DRUGS * Australia: Police blitz nabs

* Victoria - 'Alarming' number of truck drivers under influence of drugs

--- One in 37 Victorian truck drivers tested positive to drug-driving, almost double the national figure, in a police blitz this week... A National Day of Drug Testing, held on Monday as part of Operation Austrans, focused on truck and other heavy-vehicle drivers across the state, and targeted drugs, alcohol, fatigue, and traffic and compliance offences... Acting superintendent of road policing operations Stuart McGregor said the results from Monday painted an alarming picture of drug culture within the trucking industry, adding there was a core group of heavy-vehicle drivers putting the Victorian community at risk despite efforts to eradicate drug use among drivers... Nationally, one in every 68 truck drivers tested positive to drug-driving, almost half of Victoria's figure... The blitz nabbed a B-double driver who was speeding 20km/h over the limit on the Calder Freeway. The driver also failed an oral fluid drug test... Victorian Transport Association chief executive Peter Anderson said the results demonstrated the need for ongoing co-operation between law enforcement agencies and heavy-vehicle operators... 
(Photo by Rob Homer)  --  Melbourne, VIC, Australia - The Age, by Emily Woods - MARCH 22 2017

* NSW - Hundreds of trucks checked in Police operation

--- Hundreds of trucks have been stopped by New South Wales Police as part of Operation Impact, a state wide operation focused on the heavy vehicle industry. The Joint Traffic Task Force officers continue to regularly pull over and inspect heavy vehicles, drivers and operators. Since the beginning of the year the Joint Traffic Taskforce have stopped over 400 heavy vehicles. The taskforce has downloaded over 240 trucks, and conducted over 4500 random breath tests. To date the taskforce has issued 55 heavy vehicle speeding infringements and taken action against 38 unregistered vehicles. Officers from Operation Impact have stated they will continue to target fatigue, speeding, drink and drug-driving and vehicle compliance in the heavy vehicle industry, to ensure the safety of all road users...
(Photo - HIGHWAY PATROL: Police have defected a truck and fined the driver as a part of Operation Impact) -- Sidney, NSA, Australia - Big Rigs - 20th Mar 2017

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