We were delighted with the response to our first community forum in Byron talking about Drugs, Driving and Policing – and specifically how changes in policing practice were heavily targeting the region.

David presented the latest data obtained from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research which show a disproportionate focus on the Tweed/Byron region, despite no evidence provided that there is a greater risk from drug driving in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He also spoke about the latest data obtained by our office that shows the level of use of police Drug Dogs in the area.

A copy of the slides that David used for his presentation can be downloaded in PDF format here: Mobile Drug Testing and Drug Dogs

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith welcomed attendees to the event, and reiterated her strong commitment for changing to laws based on impairment and risk.

Aidan Ricketts, author of activists handbook and lecturer at Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice spoke about the criminal justice implications of the drug driving and drug dog schemes.

We also heard from local lawyer Aniko Papp who talked about how police targeting cannabis is seeing drug use switch to ice with awful outcomes.

Thank you to all of those who attended and asked such insightful questions, we’re looking forward to continuing to work on this important issue.