Territory And Municipal Services are advising that new drink and drug driving laws are coming into effect tomorrow.
The stuff on drug driving is particularly new and goes like this:
What about drug driving?
– The ACT Legislative Assembly passed new laws to permit roadside drug testing of motorists for the presence of cannabis, methamphetamine and ecstasy.
– Police are now conducting random drug testing operations in the ACT.
What is the process for drug testing?
– Drug testing is a three-step process. The first step is an oral fluid (saliva) screening test, usually conducted at the roadside using a disposable testing device.
– If this test is positive, you will be required to provide a sample of saliva for analysis. This sample will be divided into two parts.
– One part will be analysed immediately by an oral fluid analysis instrument and the other part will be sent to a laboratory for confirmatory analysis.
– If the laboratory analysis confirms that a drug is present, you will be prosecuted for a drug driving offence.
If you cannot provide enough oral fluid for analysis, you may be required to give a blood sample for analysis.
What are the penalties for drug driving?
– The maximum penalty for drug driving is a fine of 10 penalty units for a first offence, or 25 penalty units and up to 3 months imprisonment for a repeat offender.
– A court can also order a period of licence disqualification.
– It is an offence to leave the test area before testing is complete and it is also an offence to refuse a drug test.
Where do I go if I need help to address drug use and driving issues?
– The ACT Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Program 24 Hour Intake and Helpline can assist in referring drug drivers with drug dependence issues to treatment providers. Please select the following link: ACT Health
– One phone call is all it takes to access help – the phone number is 6207 9977.