Sick Bexhill man’s harrowing roadside drug test story
GREENS MLC David Shoebridge was trailed by A Current Affair and SBS yesterday to witness a day at Lismore Local Court where a staggering 46 drug driving cases were heard.
At the Roadside Drug Forum that night, hosted by the Greens member, one of the 46 defendants, Matthew Mavay, gave the packed room at The Tatts Hotel his emotional roadside drug test story.
The man, who lives out of town in Bexhill, is facing surgery this month. According to Mr Mavay, he had a puff of a leaf joint the night before testing positive at a roadside saliva test. Although the trace of cannabis was not enough to be detected in a second test, a third test found cannabis in the sick man's system.
Having his licence suspended for six months, Mr Mavey told the crowd the dire impact of the decision on his life. At one stage the man lifted his shirt, exposing his ileostomy bag. He said he can no longer make medical appointments, drive his mother around, or pick up necessary prescription medications.
Mr Shoebridge emphasised he was in favour of drug testing, but called for an evidence-based system that detected impairment levels -- rather than mere traces -- of all drugs including prescription medication and cocaine.