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Crackdown on SA drug-drivers

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016

Drug-drivers in South Australia would lose their licence automatically if caught under tough new laws proposed by the state government.

Those nabbed drug-driving for the time first would have their licence suspended for three months while repeat offenders would lose theirs for longer.

Drug drivers busted with kids under 16 in the car would not be allowed to drive again until they were found to be not dependent on drugs or alcohol.

Road Safety Minister Peter Malinauskas says a streamlined testing process would also allow police to conduct more tests, in line with reducing the "entirely unacceptable" level of drug-driving in SA.

Between 2011 and 2015, one in five drivers or riders killed on SA roads tested positive for cannabis, speed, ice, crystal meth, ecstasy or a combination of those drugs and the number, unlike alcohol related deaths, is not dropping.

"The incidence of drug driving is disturbing and it is entirely unacceptable," Mr Malinauskas said in a statement on Wednesday.

"What is particularly alarming is the number of adults willing to risk innocent lives by driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol with children in the car.

"We are sending a message to the community that drug driving is not acceptable."

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