RANDOM ROADSIDE DRUG TESTING
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.