[First filed: May 27, 2010 @ 10:12]
“This Bill gives ACT police new powers to conduct random road side drug tests to detect the presence of illicit drugs such as cannabis, methylamphetamine and ecstasy using an oral fluid screening test,” Mr Stanhope said. “It also gives police the authority to request a driver to undergo a blood test if they have reasonable grounds to believe the driver is affected by a controlled drug that cannot be detected by the oral fluid screening test.
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“Under the new laws, people involved in road accidents will also be required to provide a blood sample for testing.”
Mr Stanhope said the legislation supports existing laws that make it an offence to drive while impaired by a medicine.
“Many motorists are unaware that it is unlawful to drive a vehicle if their ability to drive safely is impaired by a prescription medication or an over-the-counter medication,” Mr Stanhope said. “This Bill makes it clear to motorists using such medications that they need to ensure they are fit to drive before they get behind the wheel.
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