South Australia is the nation’s leader in drug driving enforcement, conducting more tests per capita than any other state or territory.
Between 2010 and 2014, 21% of drivers/riders killed in road accidents had the presence of illegal street drugs in their system.
In 2014, drugs overtook alcohol in the implication in fatalities.
70% of drug related fatal crashes happen in regional South Australia.
Males aged between 20 – 39 are most frequently killed in drug driving related accidents but the issue is still significant among males in their 40s and 50s.
The most commonly detected drug is Methylamphetamine followed by THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) and THC in combination with Methylamphetamine.
THC and a combination of THC and alcohol are the most frequently present elements in road fatalities.
Drug driving related fatalities most frequently occur in the evening although many still happen throughout the day.
The most common type of crash is hitting a fixed object such as tree, stobie pole, stationary vehicle or property.