The Legislative Assembly today voted to introduce the Canberra Liberal’s Random Roadside Drug Testing (RRDT) bill into law. This is a tremendous result for ACT road users and finally brings the ACT into line with the rest of Australia.
This legislation will give police the power to prevent some of the carnage on our roads caused by drivers being impaired by illicit drugs. I now urge the Government to move swiftly to implement RRDT, to make this accessible to ACT police, Shadow Minister for Police Jeremy Hanson said today.
“RRDT legislation has been opposed by Jon Stanhope since 2005 when he described it as ‘Redneck’ policy,” Mr Hanson said. “It is not surprising that he has been so reluctant to engage constructively in debating this legislation and politicise what is a important road safety initiative. Now that he has seen the will of the Assembly and the will of the community, I hope that he puts his pride and political opportunism behind him and implements this legislation quickly.
So there we go.