Victoria Police get $4.5m to double number of roadside drug tests

The State Government is giving Victoria Police $4.5 million to increase the number of roadside drug tests.

Police have described the abuse of the drug ice as an insidious crime that is causing enormous harm in regional Victoria.

Police Minister Kim Wells said 26 per cent of all road deaths last year involved people who tested positive for drugs.

The money will be used to more than double the number of roadside drug tests done by police to 100,000.

"It's about cracking down on ice users, ice makers, detecting those drug labs so these people don't sell ice to our kids," Mr Wells said.

"This is a strong warning to drivers that you will be caught anywhere, anytime.

"This is about cracking down on those people under the influence of drugs who still continue to drive and it's about making our roads safer."

There will be 20 drug detection dogs, including funding for 11 new animals, to help catch ice manufacturers and users.

Two of the dogs will be permanently stationed in each of the four regions around the state.

A Victorian parliamentary committee's report on the drug will be tabled in the Parliament today.

The committee has spent the past 11 months investigating the use and supply of ice around the state and is expected to make more than 50 recommendations to the Government.

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