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FAR North­ern Crime Pre­ven­tion Se­nior Con­sta­ble Jane Mo­ran (pic­tured) said road­side drug test­ing al­lows po­lice to con­duct saliva test­ing in con­junc­tion with ran­dom breath test­ing or as a stand­alone check. The test­ing process op­er­ates in a sim­i­lar way to the road­side breath test. Po­lice will ask driv­ers to pro­vide a saliva sam­ple for the pur­pose of test­ing which will take a few min­utes to an­a­lyse at the stop. If a neg­a­tive re­sult is re­turned you will be free to go. If it is a pos­i­tive re­sult (drug is de­tected) you will need to un­dergo a sec­ond saliva test. If the sec­ond saliva test is pos­i­tive for drugs, your driv­ers li­cence will be sus­pended and the re­main­der of the saliva sam­ple will be sent for lab­o­ra­tory anal­y­sis. Fol­low­ing a pos­i­tive lab­o­ra­tory re­sult, the driver will be no­ti­fied and charged with a traf­fic of­fence for drug driv­ing. Saliva tests are able to de­tect cannabis Methy­lam­phetamine—also known as speed, ice and MDMA. Even though metham­phetamine is man­u­fac­tured from sub­stances such as pseu­doephedrine (found in cold and flu tablets) those sub­stances will not be de­tected by the saliva tests. What level of drugs can be de­tected without penalty? Any trace of the nom­i­nated drugs in your sys­tem and you can be pe­nalised. A first of­fence can car­ries a penalty of up to $1649 and you could be dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for up to 3 months. Any sub­se­quent of­fences can carry higher penal­ties

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