Police on the north coast are set to make random drug testing (RDT) a ‘daily event’ after the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command received new equipment and specialised training this week.
As part of the training an RDT operation is being conducted in the Tweed Heads area today (23 April).
The testing will not just be limited to highway patrols either. Officers on general duties have also been trained during the past four days.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s acting superintendent, Greg Lynch, said the Tweed-Bryon Local Area Command had been issued with a Drager DrugTest 5000
He said the acquisition was ‘part of a program to place these more of these devices into regional areas.’
‘The Drager will allow the command to run more frequent random drug testing operations making them part of everyday enforcement practices,’ acting superintendent Lynch said.
‘If you drive and you have drugs or alcohol in your system it is a criminal offence.’