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Driving with a relevant drug present

There is zero tolerance for driving with a relevant drug present. Any trace of a relevant drug/s in your system can be penalised.

Driving with a relevant drug present is identified via saliva analysis. If you test positive for drugs, your driver licence will be suspended for 24hours.

If you are then charged with driving with a relevant drug present and you have no pending drug driving charges, your driver licence will remain valid until the charge is dealt with by a court, is withdrawn or otherwise discontinued.

However, if you are charged with driving with a relevant drug present and have pending drug driving charges, your driver licence will be suspended immediately until your court date.

When dealing with your charge of driving with a relevant drug present, a magistrate may:

Driving under the influence of liquor or a drug

If a police officer reasonably suspects that your driving ability has been impaired by any drug you may be required to provide a specimen of blood for analysis. If you fail to provide a specimen, or a drug is detected in your blood, you will be charged with driving under the influence of liquor or a drug.

If you are charged with driving under the influence of liquor or a drug your driver licence will be immediately suspended until the charge is dealt with by a court, is withdrawn or otherwise discontinued or you are issued with a court order permitting you to drive until your court hearing.

When dealing with your charge of driving under the influence of liquor or a drug, a magistrate may:

If you are charged with a repeat drug driving offence (you have been previously convicted of a drug driving charge in the last 5 years) a court may:

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