What’s driving bad habits?
TWEED, we have a problem.
Our region is the worst in the state for drug-driving and drug-driving related fatalities, and our courts are clogged with those who seem to think road rules are mere guidelines.
As a crime reporter, I’ve listened to countless motorists plead with magistrates for a clean slate.
Whether it’s speeding, drink-driving, drug-driving or taking to the road without a licence, our region has a poor track record.
In NSW, between 2010 and 2014, a total of 245 people died in 219 crashes involving a driver who tested positive to drugs.
Tragically, seven of those crashes, in which 10 people died, occurred in the Tweed Shire.
Having grown up in a remote corner of the shire, I understand the argument that a licence is as essential as oxygen for many.
But having also mourned losses associated with deadly travel decisions, it has put things into perspective.
We all have a responsibility to change our attitudes on the road.
Whether it’s to rethink that drink – or joint – before you get behind the wheel, or opting out of unnecessary road rage, there are changes to be made everywhere.
The Tweed Daily News will follow the Traffic Offenders Program at the PCYC Tweed Heads over the next six weeks.
Run by a group of experts in the field, the program aims to improve offenders’ chances of earning their licence back.
While completing the course won’t guarantee a habitual traffic offender’s declaration will be quashed, Tweed Heads laywer Russell Baxter said it offered something far more valuable, a new perspective.
Meanwhile, police will increase roadside drug- testing to almost 100,000 tests across NSW by 2017.