Road safety experts welcome potential review of Victorian drug driving laws

Can you fail a drug testing because of drugs you’ve been prescribed?

According to an ABC article, with more than half of the fatalities on Victorian roads linked to drug driving, experts at the Monash University Accident Research Centre are welcoming a possible State Government review of roadside drug testing and penalties.

Associate Professor Michael Fitzharris believes there is scope to do more about all substances, particularly ice.

“We know that methamphetamine is incredibly addictive,” he told Ali Moore.

“All the international studies around the world have shown a massive increase in crash risk associated with methamphetamine to the point where any use is pretty disastrous for everyone on the road.”

Yesterday, Police Minister Lisa Neville said: “we’re going to have to think as a community [about] doing something differently” around drug-driving.

I have expressed my concerns that the suspension of police stationary random testing and the suspension/cancellation of random testing by employers, now reduced by 90% compared to this time last year, it is only a matter of time before more tragedies occur.

It is difficult to understand why the government feels the need to devise the reforms…

It has been proven over time that regular “Random Testing” of employees at workplaces and the visual presence of RBT buses roadside is the most successful deterrent.

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Can you fail a drug testing because of drugs you’ve been prescribed? Credit Highway Patrol Images


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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