OPINIONS remain divided about controversial roadside drug tests.
OPINIONS remain divided about controversial roadside drug tests. Helen Spelitis

Drug testing controversy in the national spotlight

OPINIONS remain divided over controversial roadside drug testing following calls for clarity from opposition spokeswoman Jodi McKay about how long illicit drugs remain in a person's system.

The calls from Ms McKay came after Monday's acquittal of Joseph Carrall, who told Lismore Local Court Magistrate David Heilpern he hadn't smoked cannabis for nine days, but it was still detected in his oral fluid.

The case has attracted the attention of national media, with Greens MP David Shoebridge promising to visit Lismore Local Court and Nimbin next week to observe court proceedings and discuss the issue of roadside drug tests.

The nine network's A Current Affair also contacted The Northern Star this week indicating they were keen to do a story on the roadside drug testing and the high numbers of drivers caught on the Northern Rivers.

Northern Star reader Almuddaththir of Kyogle said: "What the police are doing is testing for some drugs while other more punishing drugs remain undetected."

"What about heroin? Cocaine? Sleeping tablets.

"The police are acting for a government that has not grasped the reality of our lives but is intent upon pressing ahead with an agenda that is not in our best interests but in the interests of government revenue."

Professor Zap of Condong said the government always responded saying marijuana was illegal.

"It is all about compliance to the law and not primarily focused towards road safety," Professor Zap posted.

But Centre For Road Safety executive director Bernard Carlon reinforced that the NSW Government took a zero tolerance approach to drug driving.

Police are still reviewing the decision on Mr Carrall's case.



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