Police intercept woman driving under influence of ice near Mortlake with child, 6, in car

A WOMAN caught driving erratically while affected by ice with her six-year-old daughter in the car on Christmas Day has left police shaking their heads in dismay. 

Acting Sergeant Dean Owen of Warrnambool highway patrol said the woman’s car was intercepted five kilometres east of Mortlake on the Hamilton Highway about 6pm Wednesday after a member of the public reported erratic driving.

Police discovered her licence had expired. 

Action Sergeant Owen said a nearby patrol unit observed the 37-year-old woman driving erratically before stopping  her vehicle and discovering the woman’s daughter. 

“She was all over the road and not aware of her surroundings,” he said. 

“She gave no reason for her actions.

“She was on her way to visit her mother. 

“The fact she had her six-year-old with her was unbelievable.”

Acting Sergeant Owen said the women underwent a drug impairment test which she failed. 

The St Kilda East woman is expected to be charged with conduct endangering life, possess and use methamphetamine.

Acting Sergeant Owen said it was extremely disappointing and unbelievable that people still got behind the wheel when under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

“Ice has become a big problem in the community and the last thing we need is drug-affected people behind the wheel increasing the risks to other road users,” he said.

“The last thing we need is more deaths on our roads.How about looking after your family and other innocent road users.”

He said Victoria Police was running its Summer Stay road enforcement campaign, a two-month blitz aiming to reduce road trauma over the high-risk holiday season.

The blitz focuses on the five factors that contribute to road trauma during the Christmas and new year period — speed, alcohol and drug-driving, fatigue, driver distraction and seatbelt offences.

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