OPINION: Drug driving laws not working

DOES the NSW Government need to go back to the drawing board with its drug driving laws?

Clearly, they are not working in this little part of the world.

Magistrate David Heilpern has once again called into question the "12-hour rule" when it comes to consuming cannabis and still having it detectable.

He's heard hundreds of cases where it has been contended defendants have consumed cannabis outside the 12-hour period and still being detected by roadside tests.

Many of these drivers are being let off with good behaviour bonds and no convictions recorded against their names.

There's not much point if police are pulling people over, giving them a drug test and sending the positive drivers to court, if they then claim to have consumed cannabis outside the 12-hour rule and the magistrate lets them go as a result.

I don't know the ins and outs of this particular law, but in this case it seems to be a little bit of an ass.

My suggestion to the NSW Government is to review the law, get some scientific rigour behind it and decide whether it is an issue of driver impairment they are trying to impact or whether it is fining drivers for simply having an illegal substance in their system.

So suspend the drug testing system, do the proper scientific checking and come back with a more coherent law.



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