Category: Drug Driving

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 ...

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, ...

Government Bureaucracy Impedes Access to Medicinal Cannabis


Australian health minister Greg Hunt announced last week that medical marijuana will be more readily available within the next eight weeks. He said the government will ensure the fast tracking of the importation of cannabis based medicines. This relaxing of the laws will authorise an international company to export their medicine to Australia to fill the gap ...

NSW Drug Driving Laws: Arbitrary, Unfair and Without Evidentiary Basis


NSW Police are well into their unprecedented ‘crackdown’ on drug driving, with an explosion in the number of roadside tests for the presence of illegal drugs over the past 18-months. Last year saw a 109% increase in drug driving charges over the previous year, with Deputy Premier Troy Grant demanding a tripling in the number ...

Police Keep Jobs Despite Committing Crimes


Police officers swear an oath to uphold and enforce the law, and many feel it is both hypocritical and damaging to the integrity of the force for officers to commit criminal offences during their period of service. Many also believe that dismissing police who commit crimes while on the public payroll is a ‘no brainer’. ...

Is There a Need for Frequent Drug Testing Throughout the NSW Police Force?


Last week, we reported on the case of Tara Radford, a Queensland Police Officer who was caught at Stereosonic with a line of cocaine and half a tablet of ecstasy. Ms Radford was one of 139 people arrested over the course of the festival’s Brisbane leg, and she certainly paid for her actions – resigning from ...