Law just can’t address issue

WODONGA magistrate John Murphy has voiced his frustration with the period of time the law allows him to ban those drivers convicted of driving with drugs such as methamphetamine in their system.

In sentencing one Wodonga driver yesterday, he drew the comparison that he could disqualify a drug-driver for no more than six months, while those similarly affected by alcohol might have their licence cancelled for between 15 and 48 months.

Mr Murphy fears the problem of drug-driving will worsen on the Border and he predicts it won’t be too long before there are more drug-driving cases before the courts than drink-driving matters.

The magistrate has previously voiced his strong opinions on the rising number of accused before the courts with addictions to methamphetamine.

And he has warned defendants about the medical risks as well as the criminal repercussions, with methamphetamine addiction taking a toll on the user’s health.

Defendants would do well to heed Mr Murphy’s advice about the potential for brain damage, rotting gums and teeth, all potential outcomes for those who use and become addicted to ice, let alone the likelihood of a criminal record.

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