Roadside drug testing report released

Media Release

DC352/2017

10 November 2017

  • Results of a roadside drug testing scoping study released
  • Police and government road authorities to work closer with the establishment of a new National Drug-Impaired Driving working group
  • If testing at the roadside could be made both quicker and cheaper, testing programs could be increased and broadened, for a greater deterrent effect

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today released the Roadside drug testing scoping study report, commissioned by the Australian government.

Mr Chester said Australia had long been a world leader in roadside drug testing, but said the report highlighted more could be done to reduce risk and deter people from driving after using illegal drugs.

“We need to know more about the best legislative and enforcement approaches to reduce the harm caused by drug-impaired drivers and to deter them from choosing to drive,” Mr Chester said.

“The opportunity was identified for governments to work more closely with police across Australia to develop a national focus and shared approach to the enforcement of drug-impaired driving.

“In response, the Australian Government will establish a National Drug-Impaired Driving working group to include representatives of police, road authorities and policy makers, to work towards a national best practice model for roadside drug testing.

“This collaboration has the potential to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

“This report canvasses the views of police and government road authorities around the country, who all agreed the number of drug tests would be increased if cost and technological barriers could be overcome.

“I will be discussing the results of the study and our next steps with Transport and Road Safety Ministers and Police Commissioners at today's

Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting, as part of a special discussion on road safety.”

The report is available at roadsafety.gov.au.