LONG ago drink-driving was seen as the norm.
In the days before random breath testing, motorists would think little of driving home from a hotel after having downed several beers or wines.
Over the decades, as scrutiny has become greater, technology improved and campaigns against drink-driving more widespread, there has been an overall reduction in those hitting the road above the legal blood alcohol level.
Of course, that does not mean there are still not concerns with nearly one in five road deaths in NSW last year alcohol-related.
Nevertheless, it is no longer socially acceptable to take the risk of drink-driving, thanks to a substantial change in mores.
On the flipside, illegal substances, in the form of drugs such as cannabis or amphetamine, have become more common among drivers.
It is of great concern that Victoria Police data published in the Sunday Herald Sun has revealed that Wodonga is the place where drug-drivers are most frequently caught in the state, with 88 nabbed last year.
The Border city outranked Melbourne hubs such as Frankston (67), Melton (66) and Dandenong (53).
Disappointingly, Wangaratta is also in the top ten with 56 instances.
Wodonga's tally equates to nearly eight people each month being caught with drugs or two each week.
While that may not sound a great deal, given the thousands of motorists on our roads, it still reflects a prevalence that should be concerning.
It shows a level of recklessness and disregard for other motorists.
Top Victorian traffic police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said: "Drug driving is selfish and irresponsible and there's just no place on our roads for those who think they can take to the roads impaired.
"No area is immune to drug use, including regional areas centres such as Wodonga."
The data reflects that, but given drug testing is up you would be foolish to try.
To modify an old slogan - Drug Drive, Bloody Idiot.
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