THE first random roadside drug testing unit to operate in New South Wales has recorded its first conviction.
The state's only roadside drug testing unit was established seven months ago, with a Winnebago van equipped to carry out tests for drug-drivers while carrying out random patrols throughout the state.
A 26-year-old Sydney man was today convicted of driving under the influence of cannabis after being tested by the unit near Mount White, north of Sydney, earlier this year.
Gosford Local Court was told that Matthew McMillan, of Glenwood, had failed a saliva test after being pulled over on the F3 freeway while travelling north at about 9.40am (AEDT) on January 22.
McMillan was found guilty of driving with illicit drugs present in his system and fined $500.
Magistrate Gary Cocks also disqualified McMillan from driving for 12 months.
NSW Police Force said it was the first time a conviction had been recorded for a person caught by the roadside drug testing unit since it was introduced in September 2006.