Category: Drug Driving

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 ...

Traffic Offences: Hot Spots for Getting Caught


Home to tourist hotspots like Manly and Palm Beach, the Northern Beaches is one of the most scenic areas of Sydney. But according to data obtained by Fairfax Media, the region also has the highest number of drink driving offences, with police charging 602 drivers in the year to 17 December. The Tweed / Byron ...

Police Announce Massive Increase in Roadside Drug Testing


According to NSW Police, the number of motorists driving with drugs in their system is on the rise, with one in six drivers tested for drugs returning positive results in June and July this year. This has led police to promise a massive increase in roadside drug testing (RDT), with 100,000 tests to be administered ...

Drug Affected Driver Sentenced to 7 Months Imprisonment


Last month, we reported on the case of a South Australian woman who successfully argued that her driving ability was not negatively affected by the presence of methamphetamine in her blood at the time of an accident in which a 12-year-old boy sustained a collapsed lung and a fractured skull. After a three day trial ...

Is There a Drug Problem Among Truck Drivers?


Truck driving is certainly not a cushy job. It is laborious and sometimes dangerous work, with truckies amongst the most likely to be injured or killed at work. It is well-known that truck drivers may be expected to work long hours, and that some may write inaccurate entries into their logbooks to meet deadlines. Although ...