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Forum all for targeting drugged drivers

Forum all for targeting drugged drivers

NZ Truck & Driver News

 February 2020   
Government moves to get drugged drivers off New Zealand roads are strongly supported by the Road Transport Forum, says chief executive Nick Leggett.

"More people are killed on the roads by drugged drivers than by drunk drivers, so we've been asking the Government for some time to introduce adequate roadside drug testing," Leggett says.

"Saliva testing for drugs, followed by impairment and blood testing, had to happen, so we're pleased to see the Government announce this.

"Those of us in the safety-sensitive industries are very concerned about this Government's plans to legalise recreational cannabis, so it's imperative some steps are in place to ensure employers can meet workplace health and safety laws. This is one step in that direction.

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Government moves to get drugged drivers off New Zealand roads are strongly supported by the Road Transport Forum, says chief executive Nick Leggett.
"More people are killed on the roads by drugged drivers than by drunk drivers, so we've been asking the Government for some time to introduce adequate roadside drug testing," Leggett says.
"Saliva testing for drugs, followed by impairment and blood testing, had to happen, so we're pleased to see the Government announce this.
"Those of us in the safety-sensitive industries are very concerned about this Government's plans to legalise recreational cannabis, so it's imperative some steps are in place to ensure employers can meet workplace health and safety laws. This is one step in that direction.
"We're also pleased to see stiffer penalties for distracted drivers to improve road safety.
"We do not however, support wholesale speed limit cuts around NZ. We think roads should be engineered up to adequate safety limits, rather than the Government just accepting the roads are unsafe and deciding not to fix them.
"Long stretches of road with reduced speed limits will slow down the delivery of goods and consequently, make those goods more expensive."  


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