Three drivers tested positive to prescribed drugs from a total of 14 screening samples taken as ACT Policing’s Road Safety Operations team conducted Random Roadside Drug Testing (RRDT) and Random Breath Testing on New Years Day (January 1).
All three drivers – two males and a female – were directed by police not to drive, and their samples will now be submitted for formal laboratory testing. If the laboratory confirms the roadside test result, the drivers will be summonsed to court.
The vehicle driven by one of the three did not have Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance, and its registration had expired five years ago.
Drivers who screened positive for prescribed drugs on New Years Day outnumbered the drink-drivers. Only one of the 22 drivers screened at the roadside for alcohol by the RSO team returned a positive reading.
Traffic Operations’ Acting Superintendent Jeff Knight said that the three positive screenings for drugs conducted on Sunday indicated that clearly drivers were either ignorant of, or chose to ignore, the provisions of the new legislation.
“We have now conducted 141 roadside drug screening tests, with five positives detected. In the two cases which have now gone before the court, the drivers have had their licences disqualified for six months,” Acting Superintendent Knight said.
“The message should now be clear to everyone: don’t drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol, or you will be caught.”