Regional police roll out drug-driving detection

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Sarah IsonBusselton Dunsborough Times

Roadside drug testing has increased since the roll out of new portable technology to regional police late last year, and Busselton police are making good use of the resource.

The first positive test was conducted on December 19, resulting in the seizure of more than 14g of methamphetamine and a 47-year-old-woman being charged with multiple offences.

Since then, police have carried out numerous positive tests, three of which were under-taken before 9am on various days.

Officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Jason Van der Ende told the Times the police had been very public with their drug-driving testing in an effort to remind the community they were “out there” and offenders were now only more likely to be caught.

“We’re continuing to focus on drug-driving this year to ensure people don’t use illicit drugs and drive,” he said. “These people are putting the entire community at risk and we’ll continue to target them.”

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