One in 30 drivers on drugs

Eleven people were caught driving with drugs in their system, during a three-day police operation in the Latrobe Valley.

The city-based road policing drug and alcohol section of Victoria Police hit the region from Thursday, testing drivers in Morwell, Traralgon and Moe for drugs and alcohol.

Three hundred-and-twenty-five preliminary oral fluid tests were conducted, resulting in 11 positives for drugs, four of which were methamphetamine and five were THC – the active ingredient in cannabis.

Of the 835 preliminary breath tests conducted, no alcohol offences were detected. Police detected two unregistered cars and one unlicensed driver.

“The number of positive drug tests is extraordinarily high, being one in 30, which indicates we have a fair amount of work to do in this area,” Latrobe Highway Patrol Sergeant Clint Wilson said.

“Plans are already in place to repeat the operation in the near future.

Witnesses sought to theft

Police are seeking witnesses to a theft from a motor vehicle on 6 February in Sherwood Road, Newborough. According to police, some time during the night unknown persons gained entry into the vehicle which was parked in a driveway and left unlocked.

Several items were taken including a large blue first aid kit, Canon digital camera and a TomTom navigation device.

Anybody with information should phone Senior Constable Chris Hand at Moe Police Station on

5128 1100.