ACT Policing’s head of traffic operations said detecting five drivers under the influence of drugs on one weekend was “disheartening”.
The five people will face a combined total of 21 charges related to drug driving offences in the ACT on the weekend.
ACT Policing’s Officer in Charge, Traffic Operations, Detective Acting Superintendent Marcus Boorman said the drivers were all showing a blatant disregard for their own safety, as well as that of other road users.
“It’s a pretty ordinary result for just one weekend,” Detective Acting Superintendent Boorman said.
“None of these drivers were caught at random drug testing locations which is a reminder that drug testing is conducted anytime and anywhere.
“Some of these drugged drivers thought it was a good idea to try driving off. It didn’t work.”
One, a 24-year-old Calwell woman, will face eight charges, including drug driving, unlicensed driving, failing to stop, dangerous driving, unregistered vehicle, uninsured vehicle, use of a number plate issued to another vehicle and breach of good behaviour orders.
A second alleged offender, a 28-year-old man, will face five charges including drug driving, failing to stop, driving while disqualified, driving a motor vehicle without consent and dangerous driving.
All five alleged offenders are due to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court today, 13 January.