Look out Queensland drivers – the Police in Queensland now have the capabilities to perform a roadside drug testing anywhere, at any time.
Towards the end of 2015, Queensland Police had approximately 70 drug testing machines and more than 300 officers trained to perform testing. Further training is scheduled for early 2016 to increase these numbers.
The increased testing can’t come quick enough with the number of drug-affected drivers surpassing alcohol-affected drivers in many states. Early indications show a similar theme in Queensland, with a recent traffic operation netting four drink drivers and nine people under the influence of drugs.
The drug testing machine the Queensland Police will be using is the Drager Drug Test 5000, the same unit used by Integrity Sampling for its drug testing in Australian workplaces. It’s another tick of approval for the Drager Drug Test 5000, which is being used by a number of police forces throughout the world.
The Drager unit allows technicians to conduct drug tests quickly and easily in a matter of minutes, using a small sample of saliva collected from the person being tested.