RAN­DOM ROAD­SIDE DRUG TEST­ING

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Road­side drug test­ing al­lows po­lice to con­duct saliva test­ing in con­junc­tion with ran­dom breath test­ing, or as a stand-alone check. It op­er­ates in a sim­i­lar way to the road­side breath test. Po­lice will ask you to pro­vide a saliva sam­ple for the test, which will take a few min­utes to an­a­lyse. If a neg­a­tive re­sult is re­turned, you will be free to go. If a pos­i­tive re­sult (a drug is de­tected) is re­turned, you will need to un­dergo a sec­ond saliva test. If the sec­ond test is pos­i­tive for drugs, your li­cense will be im­me­di­ately sus­pended and the re­main­der of the saliva sam­ple will be sent for lab­o­ra­tory anal­y­sis. If pos­i­tive, the driver will be no­ti­fied and charged with a traf­fic of­fence for drug driv­ing. Saliva tests are able to de­tect the ac­tive in­gre­di­ents of THC - the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in cannabis and metham­phetamine, and MDMA, the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in ec­stasy. Even though metham­phetamine is made from sub­stances such as pseu­doephedrine (found in cold and flue tablets), those sub­stances will not be de­tected by the saliva tests. Any trace of the nom­i­nated drugs in your sys­tem can be pe­nalised. Drug driv­ing is a se­ri­ous charge and can lead to heavy penal­ties. Two charges are pos­si­ble; driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of a dan­ger­ous drug, where your abil­ity to op­er­ate your mo­tor ve­hi­cle is im­peded, or driv­ing while a dan­ger­ous drug is present in your sys­tem.

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