Have you taken recreational drugs on the Gold Coast in the past and thought you were safe to drive? Have you thought it’s unlikely you will get caught? Have you got friends who regularly do this and you are concerned about their welfare? GC Traffic Lawyers is a law firm that recognises that it is a serious offence. People’s lives can be endangered and you could lose your licence and your ability to provide for your family if you lose you job. Below is an outline of the drug testing process that Queensland Police go through if you are pulled over for Drug Driving on the Gold Coast and the penalties involved if you are caught Drug Driving Gold Coast so you are fully informed:

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 pseudo ephedrine (which is found in cold and flu tablets), those substances will not be detected by the saliva tests.

How will saliva based roadside Drug Driving Gold Coast 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 RBT’s.

What is the testing process for Drug Driving Gold Coast?

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 sent for laboratory analysis. Following a positive laboratory result, motorists will be notified and charged with a traffic offence for drug driving.
 If you are unable to provide a saliva sample you will be required to provide a specimen of blood for analysis.

What level of drugs can be detected without penalty?

There will be zero tolerance. If you have any trace of the nominated drugs in your system, you can be penalised.

What are the penalties for Drug Driving Gold Coast?

A first offence carries a penalty of up to $1540 and you could be disqualified from driving for up to 9 months. Any subsequent offences can carry higher penalties and driver licence suspensions prior to appearances in court.

How long after consuming illegal drugs can they be detected?

The saliva tests are designed to only react with the active ingredient of the relevant drug. 
The detection period for the active ingredient in the relevant drug varies depending on factors such as the quality and quantity of the drug that has been ingested, the frequency of use of the drug and the period of time since taking the drug.

Have you been charged with Drug Driving?

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Drug Driving Gold Coast Source: Queensland Police