Twenty drivers caught in Lower Clarence drug driving sting

CLOSE to one in 16 drivers have tested positive for illicit drugs during a two-day drug-driving operation in the Lower Clarence.

While hampered by weather, the first day of random drug testing on Saturday saw local police and officers from Sydney's Traffic Command conduct 87 mobile drug tests around Yamba and Maclean, with nine positive results for either cannabis or methamphetamine.

Yesterday, 250 tests were completed, with 11 drug detections.

Coffs/Clarence duty officer Inspector Tony Milner said while the results were average to other areas in NSW, they still presented quite an alarming picture of how many people are driving on Clarence Valley with quantities of cannabis and/or methamphetamine in their system.

"We're trying to reduce the overall road toll and make streets and roads a safer place for road users and this is just one step to try and improve that," he said.

"These operations will continue to be put together and supported by the local command."

Any driver who tests positive to a random drug test is suspending from driving for 24 hours and is required to undertake further oral testing, the results of which will determine whether a court notice will be issued.

Analysis of the oral tests normally take about six weeks.



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