Truckies taken off the road after failing drug test

Twenty truck drivers suspended from driving after failing roadside drug tests

December 11, 2012

Police in New South Wales temporarily suspended 20 truck drivers from driving after they tested positive to drug use at the weekend.

Officers tested 620 drivers at the Marulan heavy vehicle inspection station near Goulburn on December 8 and 9, with 20 (3.22 percent) returning a positive result. No driver was detected with alcohol in their system.

NSW Police says the drivers who tested positive had their driving privileges suspended for 24 hours. Their oral fluid samples were sent to a laboratory to confirm the results.

Any driver who has his oral fluid sample confirmed as positive will be issued with a court attendance notice and charged with driving with the presence of an illicit drug.

"Driving a heavy vehicle is a demanding task. Doing so while under the influence of illegal drugs is desperately irresponsible and dangerous," Superintendent Stuart Smith says.

"Truck drivers who flout the law are on notice. If you break the law, we will get you."

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