Police conducting drug searches on Nimbin Road yesterday as people arrive for MardiGrass.
Police conducting drug searches on Nimbin Road yesterday as people arrive for MardiGrass.

Get set for Mardi Grass

By BRIAN BIGG

HEADING to Nimbin and thinking you might risk taking along some of your best home grown? Here's the front row line-up of the team you'll need to avoid. Drug bus

Police began roadside drug testing yesterday afternoon on roads leading to the town. Three drugs are screened for: ? THC (the active component of cannabis) ? Methylamphetamine (speed, ice, crystal meth or base) ? MDMA (ecstasy).

These drugs were found to be the most common in people involved in fatal car accidents.

The first test: You provide a sample of saliva. A result takes between 3-5 minutes.

Second test: If the result is positive you are escorted to the Random Drug Testing Truck for a second test. If that result is also positive you're banned from driving for 24 hours. More saliva is then gathered and forwarded to The Division of Analytical Laboratory. If it comes back positive you're in deep trouble.

What about other drugs? The random roadside test cannot detect other drugs, such as cocaine or heroin, however; if police have any grounds to suspect you might be under the influence of drugs, you can be ordered to provide blood and urine samples.

What if I refuse to do the roadside test? You will be committing an offence and issued with a notice to attend court.

What penalties do I face if I'm caught with drugs in my system?

For a first offence you face a fine of up to $1100 and licence disqualification.

Dogs These are the animals you need to avoid if you are carrying something you shouldn't. The dogs will be working in and around the Nimbin area during the weekend, on the roads in and out of town, and on the NSW-Queensland border.



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