OPINION: Police blitz has struck a nerve

MY comment piece last week warning of an impending police blitz seems to have struck a raw nerve for some in our community.

It received 8000 page views when published on our website and sparked some lively debate.

We do stories about police traffic blitzes all the time and they never seem too controversial.

People generally expect more police cars to be on the roads during the holiday period and double demerits to be in operation.

What seems to have people riled up is the recently introduced random drug tests.

Judging by comments from our readers there are a few things bothering them about the test and the number of people who've been caught out.

The test, it seems, is highly sensitive and is picking up a lot of cannabis smokers days after they have consumed the drug. Many argue that these drivers are not impaired in any way.

As the drug driving tests are relatively new, they are catching a lot of people unaware.

So large numbers of people are being processed by the courts and the inconvenience of having your licence disqualified is amplified on the Northern Rivers because of our lack of public transport.

It may be our very lack of public transport options that see so many drivers take the risk.

The high cost of taking a taxi really doesn't leave too many alternatives. Abstinence, staying at home, designated drivers. They seem to the answers.



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