Under Australian Conservatives MLC Dennis Hood's proposed strengthening of drug driving laws, drivers caught for a third time could see themselves losing their license for five years.
In the wake of revelations in The Advertiser that over 600 motorists caught drug driving last year were repeat offenders of three or more instances, Mr Hood has highlighted the insufficiency of current penalties stating that "(the current penalties) are clearly serving as no deterrent, given the very large numbers of people who flout the law and are repeatedly caught drug driving".
Dennis Hood plans to introduce a Bill to Parliament that will place five-year suspensions on the licenses of third time offenders, as well as investigating the possibility seeing the driver's car impounded for 30 days.
"I have absolutely no sympathy for anyone who chooses to get behind the wheel with illicit drugs in their system," said Mr Hood, "It is a recipe for disaster and shows a total disregard for other road users. Very strong penalties need to be in place, especially for repeat offenders".
Read more in The Advertiser's article here.