1 in 13 Queensland drivers test positive for drugs

Almost 300 police in Queensland will be trained to do drug testing.
Almost 300 police in Queensland will be trained to do drug testing. Alistair Brightman

MORE police have been trained to perform roadside tests amid revelations as many as one in 13 drivers are testing positive for drugs.

Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller joined Police Commissioner Ian Stewart today to announce the increase.

"Common sense tells us that drugs can significantly affect someone's skill and reaction time behind the wheel. Put simply - it reduces your ability to drive safely," Ms Miller said.

"The community doesn't accept people getting behind the wheel after a big night out drinking - so we need to ensure we adopt the same attitude towards people driving under the influence of drugs."

"If you get behind the wheel while on drugs, you're not only putting your own life at risk, you're also putting the lives of innocent Queenslanders at risk - and that is completely unacceptable."

In December 2014 the Road Policing Command commenced the Statewide Roadside Drug Testing Deployment Project to increase the QPS' ability to perform the tests.

Commissioner Stewart said the project had been a success, with an additional 238 Road Policing Unit officers certified to undertake roadside drug testing.

"Prior to the Statewide Roadside Drug Testing Deployment Project, the QPS had 53 officers trained in roadside drug testing. By the end of March there will be 291," Commissioner Stewart said.

"This expansion gives us the ability to test even more drivers, right across the state."

A total of 130,144 roadside drug tests have been conducted by the QPS since it wasintroduced in Queensland in 2007.

From July 2013 to June 2014, 23,997 roadside drug tests were conducted resulting in 1,873 drivers testing positive for a relevant drug. This is a detection rate of one offender per 13 tests.

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