Too light on drugs

A MAGISTRATE yesterday said he was amazed that the penalty a drug-affected driver faced was much less severe than those applicable to drink-driving.

John Murphy said in Wodonga Magistrates Court that the leniency of drug-driving penalties “amazes me”.

“But then, I don’t make the law,” he said when convicting Shaun Farrugia for driving under the influence of illegal drugs.

Police pulled Farrugia over on June 12 and found he had cannabis, prescription diazepam belonging to his mother, and a knife in his car.

He also failed a drug test.

Farrugia yesterday pleaded guilty to a raft of charges and was convicted of possessing methylamphetamine, cannabis, prescription drugs and a dangerous article.

He was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $1000.