Methamphetamines lead SA drug-driving truck offences

South Australian Police tests reveal the drug as the leading choice of drug-drivers in trucks

May 15, 2012

Methamphetamines appear to be the illegal drugs of choice of truck drivers found using them, according to South Australia Police.

And far from being tearaway young risk takers, the majority are men in their 40s and 50s.

The SA experience of Operation Austrans, a national trucking safety initiative running this month, has seen a further five drivers return positive tests for drugs

In the five days to yesterday, police reported positive tests for methamphetamine in a 44-year-old road train driver, 54-year-old road train driver, 41 year old roadtrain driver, 29-year-old road train driver and a 42-year-old B-double driver.

A 49-year-old sem-itrailer driver tested positive for cannabis.

"The semi-trailer was inspected and four out of the six brakes on the trailer were found to be inoperable," police say.

The details come after police last week found three out of four positive readings in the state were for methamphetamine, with the other for alcohol.

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