Driving under the influence of drugs is a dangerous activity as it increases the risk of having a crash.

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Driving under the influence of drugs is a dangerous activity as it increases the risk of having a crash.

Who will be required to submit to a roadside drug test?

A driver, motorcycle rider or supervising licence holder on a NSW road or road related area (eg public car park) can be subjected to oral fluid tests to detect the presence of the following three illicit drugs:

  • Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active component of cannabis.
  • Methylamphetamine (‘ice’, ‘speed’, ‘crystal meth’, ‘base’ etc).
  • Methylenedioxymethylamphetamine (MDMA or ‘ecstasy’).

These three drugs are targeted because they are known to be among the most prevalent illicit drugs used by drivers. Police will also target roads around venues used for ‘rave’ and dance parties, suspected by Police to be linked to drug driving. NSW Police operations will target heavy vehicle drivers. Vehicle passengers other than supervisors of learner licence holders will not be required to undertake an oral fluid test.

How long after using cannabis can delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) be detected?

Roadside drug testing technology will detect recent usage of cannabis several hours after use.

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