During 2006, alcohol and other drug use were identified as a contributing factor in 106 fatalities within Queensland, representing 31.6% of the Queensland road toll. To combat these statistics, the Queensland Government passed legislation to enable police to undertake random roadside saliva testing for illegal drugs from December 2007.
Please refer to Department of Transport and Main Roads website for further information.
Random roadside drug testing
What drugs will be tested?
Police will ask you to provide a saliva sample for the purpose of testing for:
• THC—the active ingredient in cannabis
• Methylamphetamine—also known as speed and ice
• MDMA—the active ingredient in ecstasy.
Saliva tests will only be able to detect the active ingredients of the nominated drugs THC, MDMA and methylamphetamine.
Even though methamphetamine is manufactured from substances such as pseudoephedrine (found in cold and flu tablets) those substances will not be detected by the saliva tests.
How will saliva based roadside drug driving testing work?
Roadside drug testing allows police to conduct saliva testing in conjunction with random breath testing (RBT) or as a stand alone check. The roadside drug testing process operates in a similar way to RBTs.
What is the testing process?
You will undergo a simple and painless preliminary saliva test (screening test) which will take three to five minutes. If a negative result is returned you will be free to go. If a positive result (drug detected) is returned you will be taken to a police vehicle for a second saliva test.
If the second saliva test is positive for drugs, your driver licence will be suspended for 24 hours and the remainder of the saliva sample will be s