Roadside drug testing and alcohol testing in Queensland is providing some alarming results. Credit Highway Patrol Images https://www.flickr.com/photos/special-fx/6619635421/

Drugs are everywhere man (including NT, NSW and Qld)

If there is one thing that readers of our blogs will understand, it’s that drugs are everywhere and there are plenty of people willing to take drugs and then take risks. And here are some more examples:

  • According to a report by the ABC, a father with a child in his car is among a host of people facing drug-related charges and fines from a weekend music festival in North Queensland. Police conducting roadside drug testing and alcohol testing outside the Queensland event discovered 35 drug drivers and 3 drink drivers doing the wrong thing. Many more people were charged with other offences involving drugs.
  • In Bathurst, NSW, a man who drove his car after smoking a joint on Christmas Day has been convicted and fined $400 for driving with an illicit drug in his blood, according to an article in the Oberon Review. The driver’s sample, taken on the Drager drug test device, returned a result positive to THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the psychoactive ingredient of cannabis.
  • In Katherine, Northern Territory, police were dismayed to find four people who failed drug testing on the roads in only three days. This includes a driver who failed an initial roadside drug test. His vehicle was then subjected to a search where police located a quantity of methamphetamine, cannabis and an ice pipe. He then refused to complete a further drug analysis. His list of charges includes failing to supply a saliva sample when asked to do so by NT Police. Detective Sergeant Ian Kennon said, “Police will continue to conduct random drug and breath tests on drivers as we are committed to ensuring the safety of road users in the NT. If you are someone who chooses to drink or consume illegal drugs then you best rethink the need to drive a motor vehicle. Your bad decisions can cost others their lives.”

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As drivers in the NT, Qld and NSW have discovered, if you take drugs and drive it’s not a matter of if police with catch you with drug testing, it’s when. Credit Highway Patrol Images https://www.flickr.com/photos/special-fx/6619635421/

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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 Thomastown 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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