Category: Drug Driving

Government to Introduce Tougher Road Rules


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The New South Wales Government is setting harsher penalties for drink and drug affected drivers. Twenty-eight people died on NSW roads during the 2017-2018 summer holiday period – more than double the previous year. And 2017 was the third year in a row that the yearly road toll increased, ...

Cocaine Testing May Lead to Fairer Drug Driving Laws


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on January 15 that the state government will be toughening  drug driving penalties and increasing the number of mobile drug tests (MDTs), which is concerning to many given that the current regime is fundamentally flawed. NSW police will be doubling the number of MDTS from 100,000 ...

NSW Drivers Will Be Tested For Cocaine


With the New South Wales road toll at its highest in eight years, the state government is introducing tough new measures including doubling the number of mobile drug tests (MDTs) and adding cocaine to the list of tested substances. 397 people died on the state’s roads in 2017, and the holiday road toll more than ...

Disqualified Drivers Can Now Apply to Get Their Licences Back


The Road Transport Amendment (Driver Licence Disqualification) Act came into effect on 28 October 2017, allowing certain disqualified drivers in NSW to apply to the local court for the removal of their disqualification periods. Who can apply? If you are a disqualified driver, you may apply for the removal of all disqualification periods where: Any ...

Stop Testing Drivers for Minute Traces of Cannabis


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Most Australian states and territories currently carry out mobile drug testing (MDT) operations that only test for three illicit substances: amphetamines, MDMA and cannabis. In Tasmania and the Northern Territory, police test for longer lists of illegal drugs. In NSW, authorities have recently announced trial testing for cocaine will begin later this ...

Drug Driving Laws Are Not About Road Safety


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In December 2015, the NSW government announced it was tripling the number of mobile drug tests carried out annually to 97,000 tests by this year. As might be expected, the number of motorists being charged with drug driving offences has also skyrocketed. A Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research report found that ...

South Australia Proposes Sensible Defence to Drug Driving


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Last month, the South Australian Legislative Council voted in favour of an amendment to drug driving legislation that would provide medicinal cannabis users with a defence if they fail a roadside drug test. The Statutes Amendment (Drink and Drug Driving) Bill 2017 was introduced into parliament in May this ...

Not Guilty of Drug Driving Despite Cannabis in System


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Northern Rivers region resident Joseph Carrall was pulled over by NSW police senior constable Chayne Foster on 23 June 2015 for a random drug test.. The officer asked the driver whether he’d taken any illicit drugs within the last 48 hours, which Mr Carrall replied, “I had a smoke over a ...

MDT Set to Target Cocaine Users


The Australian federal government has been testing the nation’s sewage again in its continued effort to combat organised crime. The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program tests for levels of thirteen illicit and licit substances present in wastewater at treatment plants around the country. The program’s second annual report outlines that more cocaine continues to be used ...

Drug Driving Charges Are On the Rise


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Back in December 2015, the NSW government announced it was tripling the amount of roadside drug testing police were carrying out annually to 97,000 tests by 2017. And not surprisingly, the amount of people being charged with drug driving has more than tripled. Over the 24 months ending in June last year, ...