More drug tests, more places, more often
Drug driving is a serious road safety issue. In the last five years approximately 41% of all drivers and motorcyclists killed who were tested, had drugs in their system, with cannabis and stimulants the most common substances detected.
About 18% of drivers and motorcyclists killed in 2015 tested positive to THC, the active component of cannabis. In the past 5 years, approximately 13% of riders and drivers killed, who were tested, had anti-depressants in their system and 11% with stimulant/amphetamine type drugs such as ecstasy, speed and ice.
The TAC drug driving campaigns were launched to support random roadside testing of illegal drugs in December 2004. Since then there have been several drug driving campaigns highlighting police enforcement and showing how drugs impair driving.