Roadside Testing

Police can randomly stop you any time, anywhere in South Australia and test you for illicit drugs. Roadside drug tests can detect the active ingredient in Cannabis, Ecstasy, Speed, Ice or Crystal vMeth. Unlike with alcohol testing, the volume of the drug in the system cannot be detected but since there is a zero tolerance to illegal drugs, presence results in prosecution.

The drug testing device is able to detect THC (Cannabis) for at least 5 hours after use. This may be even longer depending on the amount and potency of the cannabis taken and the individual’s metabolic rate.

Methylamphetamine (Speed, Ice or Crystal Meth) and MDMA (Ecstasy) can be detected for at least 24 hours after use. Again, the exact time will vary depending on the size of the dose, other drugs taken at the same time, as well the individual’s metabolism.

When undergoing a drug driving test, you will be required to wipe the testing device over your tongue to obtain a sample of your saliva. The test takes about 5 minutes and if the result is positive you will be required to provide a further oral fluid sample for analysis in a drug bus or at a police station. If your test is negative, you'll be free to go.

Drug Driving Penalties

Drug Driving Penalties

If you test positive for drugs whilst driving, or attempting to drive a vehicle, you will be penalised.

DRIVING WITH ILLICIT DRUG IN ORAL FLUID OR BLOOD (section 47BA of the Road Traffic Act 1961);
First offence $600 expiation fee + $60; and 4 demerit points OR Court penalty – a fine of not less than $900 and not more than $1300; and 4 demerit points
Second offence Court penalty – a fine of not less than $1100 and not more than $1600; and4 demerit points; and Licence disqualification - not less than six months
Third offence Court penalty – a fine of not less than $1,500 and not more than $2,200; and 4 demerit points; and Licence disqualification - not less than 12 months
Subsequent offences Court penalty – a fine of not less than $1,500 and not more than $2,200; and 4 demerit points; and Licence disqualification - not less than 2 years

Penalites also apply to drivers who refuse or fail to undertake a drug screening test, oral fluid analysis or blood test when required to do so by a police officer.

REFUSAL OR FAILURE TO UNDERTAKE A DRUG SCREENING TEST, ORAL FLUID ANALYSIS OR BLOOD TEST
First offence Court penalty – a fine of not less than $900 and not more than $1,300; and 6 demerit points; and Licence disqualification – not less than 6 months
Subsequent offences Court penalty – a fine of not less than $1,500 and not more than $2,200; and 4 demerit points; and Licence disqualification - not less than 2 years

For more information go to the Road Traffic Act 1961, section 47BA

It's time to stop drug driving

It's time to stop drug driving

It may come as a shock but there are now more drug drivers on our roads than drink drivers.

People who drive with illegal drugs in their system are putting everyone in danger on our roads. That’s why Police are conducting more roadside drug driving tests in all metropolitan and regional areas.

Even if you feel okay, drug driving tests can detect it. So if you drive before drugs have cleared your system, you will be caught.