Truckies nabbed just one hour into new police campaign

Two truck drivers were caught with drugs only one hour into a new police campaign targeting heavy vehicles

Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | May 9, 2012

Two truck drivers were caught with drugs on the same highway in Victoria only one hour into a new police campaign targeting heavy vehicles.

Operation Austrans, which focuses on heavy vehicles, was launched last week following police data which show one in eight truck drivers tested positive to drugs in the past year.

Victoria Police Road Policing Superintendent Neville Taylor says the launch of the 22nd annual operation confirms why May is a good month to target drivers.

"I got notification from our offices within one hour (since the launch) they had two drivers on just one highway they were working on with positive drugs," Taylor says.

"What that tells us is that this is absolutely right that police agencies and industries do this for the month of May to keep awareness.

"It’s a particular time of the year where we know a lot of the issues around fatigue and around road worthiness are very important…we have found that if we keep doing this during May it enables us to engage with the industry."

Taylor says he has met a lot of trucking companies that have shown a strong commitment to addressing driver issues.

"I think there are some really positive things going on. There is some great evidence of behaviour change, initiatives alone by companies that have been putting it out to the rest of the industry," he says.

"This is not all gloom and doom. This is positive stuff as well and the idea is to make sure everybody understands this and to be a part of it."

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