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ACT libs want roadside drug testing

By Kramer - 8 December 2009 75

The ACT opposition is planning to introduce a bill which will give police powers to test drivers for illicit drug use using an oral swab. The measure would bring us into line with all other Australian jurisdictions, which already have the powers to test for drugs.

Of course the measure is opposed by the government, who say such measure are not needed in the ACT, and the Liberals are just trying to “pick a winner”.

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ACT libs want roadside drug testing
Deckard 2:49 pm 08 Dec 09

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Funky1 2:10 pm 08 Dec 09

fgzk said :

“So you’re saying if we don’t drink a drop of alcohol but eat a piece of brandied Christmas pudding and then get breathalysed on the way home, we should be charged?”

Yes that is what I am saying. I think you will find a decrease in the popularity of the brandied pudding. Not a great price to pay for less alcohol related crime and safer roads.

You will probably find that some cough medicines and other products traditionally not thought to be alcoholic, may contain enough traces of alcohol to trigger a reading. It would open a legal minefield.

spinact 1:33 pm 08 Dec 09

Hank said :

I agree this is a good thing, never mind politics get it implemented.

Politicians putting aside politics to get something implemented? BA HA HA HA HA……..that will never happen!

fgzk 1:00 pm 08 Dec 09

“So you’re saying if we don’t drink a drop of alcohol but eat a piece of brandied Christmas pudding and then get breathalysed on the way home, we should be charged?”

Yes that is what I am saying. I think you will find a decrease in the popularity of the brandied pudding. Not a great price to pay for less alcohol related crime and safer roads.

bd84 12:40 pm 08 Dec 09

Stanhope the man says (translated) “we don’t have truck drivers here so nobody does drugs and no need for testing” “we did a study last year, we’ll take a look next year when we feel like it”. I’d call him a moron, but his press release speaks for itself.

fgzk 12:39 pm 08 Dec 09

“Sounds good to me. There are no excuses”
“I agree this is a good thing, never mind politics get it implemented.”

Never let the politics stand in the way of a good idea. What exactly do the Libs want to implement?
Does it go far enough?

No mention of prescription drugs that effect driving. If this is about road safety then we really need to embrace a whole host of substances that impair your ability to drive. Have the liberals done this?

Funky1 12:32 pm 08 Dec 09

fgzk said :

I take it that this will be a zero tolerance approach to drugs. Being illegal, any amount in the system would mean a charge regardless of driving impairment. I think this is a great way of reducing drug use in the community. If only the politicians had the balls to make 0% blood alcohol, we might go along way to addressing the problems alcohol is causing our communities. It would be a great way of reducing alcohol consumption.

So you’re saing if we don’t drink a drop of alcohol but eat a piece of brandied Christmas pudding and then get breathalised on the way home, we should be charged? Not realistic to go for 0% blood alcohol level.

Hank 11:59 am 08 Dec 09

I agree this is a good thing, never mind politics get it implemented.

fgzk 11:54 am 08 Dec 09

I take it that this will be a zero tolerance approach to drugs. Being illegal, any amount in the system would mean a charge regardless of driving impairment. I think this is a great way of reducing drug use in the community. If only the politicians had the balls to make 0% blood alcohol, we might go along way to addressing the problems alcohol is causing our communities. It would be a great way of reducing alcohol consumption.

caf 11:39 am 08 Dec 09

So long as they’re actually testing for actual intoxication (I seem to remember that when Victoria introduced this, they were using it to bust people with metabolites showing that they’d smoked pot in the last 3 weeks but weren’t actually “under the influence” at the time).

Friska 11:33 am 08 Dec 09

uhhh ohhhh, munchies, munchies, does this mean no quickies to Maccas???
What is the world coming too!! 🙂

neanderthalsis 11:31 am 08 Dec 09

The Liberal Party’s policy to introduce random roadside drug testing lacks detail, glosses over the complexities, and pre-empts the Government’s work on a properly constructed suite of road safety initiatives, Chief Minister and Minister for Transport Jon Stanhope said today.

Are there any real complexities in taking an oral swap and sticking it into a hand held machine?

Mr Stanhope said the target groups for random roadside drug testing in some other jurisdictions didn’t appear to be such an issue for the ACT.

Hmmmmm, we don’t have bikies, pot heads, Toyota Prius drivers, ice fiends and smack addicts here in the ACT?

I think he is just slightly peeved that he didn’t think of it first.

ahappychappy 10:48 am 08 Dec 09

Why is it that we are always the last to move on these sorts of things?

‘Look, our legislation is different to EVERYONE elses common legislation. Let’s just leave it how it is, obviously they’re wrong, not us.’

Didn’t we only just catch up with the definition of murder recently?

We lag behind the pack on common sense, yet we’re the first to legislate when it’s making this place more dull/boring than it already is.

indigoid 9:55 am 08 Dec 09

Sounds good to me. There are no excuses

prhhcd 9:14 am 08 Dec 09

Bring it on! Never mind the politics, I’d love to see it happening. Driving on any drug is dangerous (pls, lets not get into a discussion about what a “drug” is), so they shouldn’t be on the road.

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