Roadside drug driving test to be law by 2021
Roadside drug testing will be conducted by police from 2021, the government says.
Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter will introduce a bill to Parliament early next year giving police powers to run random roadside saliva testing.
“Last year, 95 people were killed in preventable crashes where the driver was found to have drugs in their system that could impair driving.
“That is an enormous and intolerable loss of life. The new powers will send a clear message that if you take drugs and drive, you will be caught.”
Julie Anne says the saliva tests will take between two and five minutes to process, but they’re not foolproof.
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Sunlive: Ben Strang, December 19, 2019