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SA blitz finds drugs in 20 truckies

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016

Twenty truck drivers have been caught driving with drugs in their system in South Australia in just eight hours.

Police say more than half of the drivers were caught at Wingfield, north of Adelaide, as part of an operation on Monday that drug tested 300 truckies.

Two drivers were arrested and 27 drivers were fined in the blitz for a range of offences, including four fines relating to cannabis.

Defect notices were also issued for 27 vehicles.

SA Police Inspector Billy Thompson says it is "scary" to find drugs in so many heavy vehicle drivers, both from SA and interstate, in such a short time.

"These are drivers in an industry where operators and managers are fully aware of their safety responsibilities and legal requirements," he said in a statement.

He has warned truckies against using illicit drugs, like amphetamines, to help them stay awake.

"Methamphetamines affect reaction times, co-ordination and vehicle control as well as mood, perception, information processing and judgment," he said.

"When heavy vehicles collide with a smaller vehicle, such as a car or motorbike, the results can be catastrophic."

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