Police concerned drug drive message isn't heeded

The car that was allegedly driven at 167 kmh near Penshurst is loaded on to a tow truck after being impounded for a month.
The car that was allegedly driven at 167 kmh near Penshurst is loaded on to a tow truck after being impounded for a month.

Police have expressed alarm that drivers aren’t getting the message about drug driving with another three drivers apprehended on the weekend after being tested positive for drugs.

Acting Sergeant Tom Dempsey said the three drivers were apprehended in the Hamilton area on Saturday after returning positive tests to methamphetamine or ecstasy.

One driver was detected after travelling at 124 km/h in a 100 km/h area, another while doing 111 km/h in a 100 km/h zone and the third as a result of routine police work.

He said police were awaiting the results of tests to confirm the drugs involved before charging the three.

Acting Sergeant Dempsey said while the number of drug drivers being detected by Hamilton police was not increasing, it was “constant.” 

The latest drug driving incidents come after the Warrnambool police highway patrol unit nabbed more than 50 drug drivers in 40 days between July 1 and Friday last week. 

In other police news, a Warrnambool P-plater will have to explain why his dad will be without a car for the next month after he was allegedly nabbed driving almost 70km/h over the speed limit.

Police spotted the car travelling along Penshurst-Dunkeld Road, near Penshurst, at an alleged speed of 167km/h in a 100km/h zone on Sunday.

The car, owned by the 18-year-old’s father, will be impounded for a month and the driver is expected to be charged on summons.

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