NZ Herald 16 April 2012
New Zealand’s drug-driving scourge has been described as a “hidden epidemic”, with latest figures showing hundreds of people have been caught stoned behind the wheel.
The figures, released to the Herald, show police caught 568 drugged drivers between the introduction of the anti-drug-driving law in November 2009 and February this year. The vast majority were men.
The problem has been highlighted in a recent series of TV ads showing the real-life reactions of secretly filmed New Zealanders when told the driver of their car is high on drugs.
The Automobile Association and the Drug Foundation said New Zealand’s focus on drug-driving was still in its early stages.
“We are at the stage now with drugged driving where we were with alcohol 30 years ago,” foundation executive director Ross Bell said.