COMMENT: Tough stand against drug drivers is warranted

IT'S shocking to see the number of drug driving charges that were brought before the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday.

Thirty-four drug driving charges were mentioned, with Magistrate Bevan Manthey delivering a scathing address to offenders.

I am with him when he says it "scares the bloody hell out of me" to know meth users are sharing our roads.

Over the past couple of weeks we have reported on a number of concerning road incidents.

We have seen drug drivers, high-range drink drivers and a man who was clocked almost 100kmh over the speed limit.

It is troubling to know these people could be driving at you while you travel home from work or collect your children from school.

While traffic offences are often regarded as minor incidents, the truth is those who drive while affected by drugs or alcohol are putting your life and mine at risk.

None of us want to be driving our families home on the same stretch of road as somebody high on meth or any other illegal or legal drug.

Drug driving is a serious offence and should earn harsh punishments for anyone convicted.

Well done to the police who do the work in ensuring those who endanger others on the road are nabbed and brought before the courts before they kill themselves or someone else.

And to Mr Manthey for taking a tough stance against those who flout the law and think their right to drive trumps the rights of every other road user to get home safe.



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