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Drug Driving

Police Should Test for Impairment Levels of Drugs, Not Minute Traces

by Paul Gregoire
On the first weekend of this month, NSW police carried out a roadside alcohol and drug driving blitz in the Northern Rivers region. And while locals aren’t complaining about officers booking drunk drivers, they are opposed to those charged with...

Arresting Drivers for Using Cold and Flu Tablets Will Not Save Lives

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
NSW roads minister Melinda Pavey has announced there will be an expansion of substances that can ‘influence’ drivers for the purpose of laws against driving under the influence (DUI). She has also announced a strategy designed to assess whether individuals...

Drug Driving Laws Criminalise the Legal Use of Cannabis

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
The Berejiklian government announced in January that NSW police are set to more than double the number of roadside drug tests they conduct from 97,000 to 200,000 a year by 2020. And along with more tests, another drug will be added...

Government to Introduce Tougher Road Rules

by Sonia Hickey & 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...

Cocaine Testing May Lead to Fairer Drug Driving Laws

by Paul Gregoire & 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...

NSW Drivers Will Be Tested For Cocaine

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
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...

Disqualified Drivers Can Now Apply to Get Their Licences Back

by Ugur Nedim
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...

Stop Testing Drivers for Minute Traces of Cannabis

by Paul Gregoire & 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...

Drug Driving Laws Are Not About Road Safety

by Paul Gregoire & 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....

South Australia Proposes Sensible Defence to Drug Driving

by Paul Gregoire & 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)...
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