Thursday, April 24, 2008

Random Roadside Drug Testing

With the introduction of roadside drug testing, it is even more important to work out your best form of transport before you go out, if you are going to be drinking or taking drugs this long weekend.

What drugs do they test for?
Delta -9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - cannabis
Methylamphetamine - speed, ice, crystal meth
Methylenedioxymethylamphetamine (MDMA) - ecstasy

How are you tested?
1. You are given a preliminary oral fluid test which involves you licking a test pad. It will take roughly 5 mins for a result
2. If you test negative you can drive away
3. If you test positive you will have to take a second oral fluid test, the result of which will take 20 mins. This will be done outside of your vehicle, but still roadside. If this test comes back positive you will not be charged, however you will be suspended for driving for the next 24 hrs. You will have to organise for someone to drive your car home.
4. Your second oral fluid test will be sent to the laboratory for testing. If the presence of any of the screened for drugs are detected you will be sent a Court Attendance Notice with the charge of driving with the presence of an illicit drug

What are the penalties?
First Offence
Maximum court imposed fine - $2,200
Maximum gaol term - 9 months
Maximum licence disqualification - unlimited, minimum - 6 months
Second Offence
Maximum court imposed fine - $3,300
Maximum gaol term - 12 months
Maximum licence disqualification - unlimited, minimum - 12 months

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