A truck driver has been prohibited from driving for twenty-four hours after testing positive for methamphetamine and driving a defected vehicle for the second time in three days.
Just after 3.20pm on Monday, November 29, a patrol from the Heavy Vehicle Enforcement Unit stopped a B Double combination on the Mallee Highway at Sherlock.
The combination had earlier been seen overtaking cars and trucks on the Mallee Highway in the town of Peake.
The driver, a 41-year-old man from Parafield Gardens, tested positive for methamphetamine and was found to be not complying with his work diary fatigue requirements. A number of serious safety issues were identified with the prime mover.
Subsequently, about 2pm on Wednesday, December 1, Heavy Vehicle Enforcement Unit members observed the man again driving a B Double combination on the Mallee Highway at Peake.
The driver again tested positive for methamphetamine. He was issued a direction notice prohibiting him from driving any vehicle for 24 hours pending forensic testing of his sample.
The prime mover was found to be the same one the man had been driving on Monday, November 29. Mechanical inspection revealed that the previously detected faults had not been rectified, and that the truck was being driven outside of the conditions of the defect notice issued two days earlier.
The two trailers were issued defects relating to major chassis cracks and worn tyres to the point of wire showing.
They were directed to be taken immediately to a place of repair prior to undertaking any further work.
The onset of the harvest season increases truck movements on our regional highway network.
Poor vehicle roadworthiness, combined with drug driving, poses a significant risk to road users. Police will continue to provide a highly visible presence on the state's regional highways to deter such risk-taking behaviour.
Police would like to remind road users to report any erratic or unsafe driving by calling 131 444.