Mobile drug testing in Victoria catches one in 18


Mobile drug testing on Victoria’s roads during the four days of the unofficial Australia Day long weekend (remembering that most people were meant to work the Friday!) has uncovered drug testing results that on the one hand may dismay, on the other may please.

Of the approximately 1800 mobile drug tests conducted by police on the Victorian roads over the four days, 99 people driving under the influence of drugs were detected. That is one in 18 drivers or 5%. This may seem like a lot – and it is – but the good news is that it’s an improvement on the corresponding period last year when 1 in 11 drug drivers were detected by mobile drug testing.

But that was perhaps the only good news of the Australia Day long weekend Operation Amity campaign. Other key stats from the 4 day blitz were:

  • The detection of 622 disqualified, suspended or unlicensed drivers
  • 3043 speeding offences
  • 372 mobile phone offences
  • 268 drink driving offences

Mobile drug testing in Victoria will catch you!

It’s important to remember, that if you are willing to take drugs and drive, that police in Victoria conduct mobile drug testing all year round. So if you take drugs and drive, you’re not just a bloody idiot but you’re an idiot that’s likely to be without their license for a considerable period.

It’s the same story in the workplace. If you are willing to take drugs – even if it was the night before – and then turn up to work you may be caught in workplace mobile drug testing. Organisations such as Integrity Sampling conduct thousands of drug tests across Victoria and Australian workplaces in any given week, so if you take the risk you will eventually get caught.

Detection times for drugs

The detection times for drugs can depend on a range of factors, such as the drugs you use, how much you take, the strength of the drugs you take, how regularly you use and a range of individual factors. However, as a very general guideline:

  • Cannabis can be detected for at least several hours after use, however, there have been reported cases of this detection period extending to more than a day.
  • Methamphetamines can be detected by mobile drug testing around 24 hours after use.
  • The detection time for MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy, is also around 24 hours.
  • The detection time for heroin is roughly the same, at 24 hours.
  • In fact, as a general rule, most illicit drugs will stay in your system and be detectable for around 24 hours, however, this can be extended to 48 hours under some circumstances.

With most police cars in Victoria capable of conducting mobile drug testing, the chances of being caught if you take drugs and drive is increasing.

By Michael

Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Melbourne and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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