First conviction For Random Drug-Driving Test (Australia)

By donkey rhubarb · Mar 21, 2007 · ·
  1. donkey rhubarb
    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.

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  1. _caesar_
    This is from the New Zealand Herald, it outlines the drug testing procedures a little more.

    Australia introduces road drug testing laws

    CANBERRA - It doesn't pay to take the high road in Australia any more.
    The conviction yesterday of a 26-year-old Sydney man for driving under the influence of cannabis - the first under new roadside drug testing laws in New South Wales - has signalled that having a puff or popping a pill before getting behind the wheel is in the same sin bin as drink-driving in the lucky country.
    New South Wales has followed Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia in introducing saliva tests to detect the presence of cannabis, ecstasy and methamphetamines with such street names as speed, ice and crystal meth.
    Queensland, when it has refined the technology and put its laws into place, will add cocaine and heroin to the testing list.
    And Western Australia intends putting drug test buses on the road when its roadside testing laws come into force in July.
    Despite early concerns over accuracy and civil rights, saliva tests on the side of the nation's roads are now a fact of life across the continent.
    The first state to move was Victoria, with world-beating legislation that came into effect in December 2004.
    It was pushed by studies that found that 31 per cent of drivers killed on the state's roads the previous year tested positive to drugs other than alcohol.
    Researchers found that drivers who had recently smoked cannabis or taken methamphetamines were at the same risk of crashing as those with a blood alcohol content of 0.5.
    Similar grim findings elsewhere prompted other states to follow suit.
    In Tasmania, illicit drugs were found in the blood of almost a quarter of the drivers killed in motor accidents on the island between 1999 and 2003.
    Early Tasmanian tests found that one in 10 drivers providing a saliva sample had returned positive results.
    In South Australia, where roadside testing came into force last July, 23 per cent of drivers killed between 2003 and 2005 had cannabis, speed or ecstasy - or a combination - in their blood.
    Further research estimated that 17 per cent of West Australian drivers aged 20 to 29 had been behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs.
    Key targets are young men and truck drivers who use amphetamines to stay awake.
    Studies have shown that cannabis lowers alertness, concentration, co-ordination, reaction time and the ability to judge distances and react to road signs and sounds.
    Its active ingredient, THC, can be detected by saliva testing up to five hours after consumption.
    Authorities have also attacked the myth that amphetamines keep sleepy eyes open.
    "In reality, they greatly increase the severity of sleep rebound crashes," the South Australian Government warns.
    "Microsleeps and crashes caused by fatigue impairment are often the result of drivers using stimulants."
    The third roadside testing target, ecstasy, distorts perception, thinking and memory, impairs tracking ability, slows reactions and causes disorientation of time and place.
    Saliva testing can detect both methamphetamines and ecstasy up to 24 hours after use.
    Laws in all states allow trained police to randomly test for drugs at any time.
    The results of an initial saliva test using an absorbent swab take about five minutes.
    If it is positive the driver must provide a second sample for further analysis, with the result known within 30 minutes.
    This must be confirmed later by laboratory tests.
  2. AntiAimer
    How the??? God, sucks to be them. Innocent people like always will be getting popped.

    Cannabinoid metabolites could stay in someones system for months. Not even accounting for other drugs, which also stay in your system for a few days or week(s).
  3. The Mucking MaDMAn
    From Wikipedia, detection periods in saliva.

    • Marijuana and Hashish (THC): 1 hour after ingestion, for up to 14 hours
    • Cocaine (including crack): From time of ingestion for 48 to 72 hours
    • Opiates: From time of ingestion for 48 to 72 hours
    • Methamphetamine and Ecstasy (MDMA, "Crank," "Ice"): From time of ingestion for 48 to 72 hours
    • BZD: From time of ingestion for 48 to 72 hours
    Takes 1 hour for cannabis to become testable and lasts up to 14 hrs, apparantly. Does not seem to be that accurate, altho perhaps they have a nice threshold for truly high ppl... that have been high for at least an hour lol. I wonder if mouthwash would cleanse u for like 5 min. of course hopefully they wouldnt breathlyze u aswell, than ur fucked.
  4. wednesday
    does this take into acount people that smoke throughtout the day...each day...each week?
    or somebody who smoke like a couple times a month
    because at least for the THC it seems more like the latter
    the other ones seem plausible though
  5. The Mucking MaDMAn
    THC in saliva will only be detectable within 14 hours of its use is what its saying. No matter if youve smoked an 8th a day for the past year.
  6. bebo998
    Ca these pick up cocaine? I know it says it cant but is it often that cocaine is cut with speed or something that could be picked up?
  7. buseman
    Police have powers to carry out roadside drug testing on any driver, rider or supervising licence holder in NSW for the following drugs:

    -Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active component of cannabis.
    -Methylamphetamine, also known as speed, ice, crystal meth, or base.
    -Methylenedioxymethylamphetamine (MDMA), also known as ecstasy.

    Police will conduct a preliminary oral fluid test through the window of your vehicle.
    You will be required to lick the test pad of a device.
    If you test negative you will be able to drive away. If you test positive you will have to provide a second oral fluid sample.
    If the presence of one or more of these three drugs is confirmed you will receive a Court Attendance Notice with the charge of driving with the presence of an illicit drug.

    There is also an offence of driving with the presence of cocaine or morphine (heroin) in blood or urine (unless the morphine was taken for medicinal purposes).
  8. kailey_elise
    Wikipedia is wrong.

    In chronic, heavy users, the detection of cocaine in saliva can be up to two weeks, depending on the test.

    Said by my friend, who took over 11 days to test clean after quitting a (good quality, apparently) 1-3 gram a day IV cocaine habit.

    These tests are still so new, it's hard to say what the detection times can really be, even though they're SUPPOSED to be less than urine screens; thus, trying to catch actual, recent use. But it doesn't work that way in practice, apparently.

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