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Suspended truckie tests positive to drugs near Tweed

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A B-double truck driver was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads police station after testing positive to methamphetamine, and being a suspended driver.

The driver was heading south on the M1 motorway at Chinderah loaded with general goods weighing 55 tonnes on Wednesday.

The vehicle was stopped at the heavy vehicle checking station and the driver was asked by RMS officers for his licence and work diary.

The driver refused and police were called.

Officers from Tweed Heads highway patrol arrived and spoke with the man who was found to be a suspended driver with numerous work diary breaches.

He submitted to a roadside drug test which returned a positive result to Methamphetamine.

He was subsequently arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station for secondary testing.

He was charged with being a suspended driver, and further charges are expected with regard to the drug test. The work diary offences were dealt with by RMS.

The case was just one example of inappropriate driver behaviour detected during the sixth day of Operation Safe Arrival on Wednesday.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said drivers were again reminded to drive to the conditions and allow plenty of time to get to their destination.

‘We have seen some poor decisions made by a handful of motorists across the state during Day 6 of the operation. If you take the risk of driving without a current licence you will be caught and prosecuted,’ Mr Corboy said.

Double demerit points are now in place and will continue through until midnight on New Year’s Day.

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