Category: Drug Driving

Roadside drug testing

Cocaine Testing May Lead to Fairer Drug Driving Laws


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 to 200,000 a year by 2020. …
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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 …
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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 …
Drug testing

Stop Testing Drivers for Minute Traces of Cannabis


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 year. However, both the legitimacy and …
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Drug Driving Laws Are Not About Road Safety


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 the number of people charged with …
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South Australia Proposes Sensible Defence to Drug Driving


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 year. Section 47AB of the bill …
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Not Guilty of Drug Driving Despite Cannabis in System


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, to which Mr Carrall replied, “I had a smoke over a week ago.” Officer Foster took …
Roadside drug testing

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 …
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Drug Driving Charges Are On the Rise


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, the number of drug driving charges …
Medicinal cannabis

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 …