The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in Victoria, Australia, has relaunched a campaign to educate people about the prevalence of drug driving and the dangers associated with it.
According to the TAC, the number of fatalities involving a driver or motorcyclist with drugs in their system has been on the rise since 2006. In the last five years approximately 41% of all drivers and motorcyclists killed who were tested, had illicit and prescription drugs in their system, with cannabis and stimulants the most common substances detected.
“Victorians understand that if you drink and drive you will be caught; we need Victorians to think the same way about drug driving,” said TAC CEO Joe Calafiore. “There are far too many innocent Victorians impacted by drug driving and families mourning the loss of a loved one. If the thought of killing someone isn’t enough to deter people, we hope the thought of being caught is.”
The TAC’s drug driving campaign reminds drivers and motorcyclists that there will be more drug tests, more often and in more places.