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TitleReview of Western Australian drug driving laws
AuthorsWoolley JE, Baldock MRJ
Year2009
TypeReport
AbstractIn 2007, the Western Australian Road Traffic Act 1974 was amended to allow for new police enforcement practices designed to reduce the incidence of drug driving. The Road Traffic Amendment (Drugs) Act 2007 made provision for two new offences: driving with the presence of a prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or blood, and driving while impaired by a drug. The prescribed drugs were methamphetamine, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or ecstasy) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis). As part of the new laws, statute 72A was inserted into the Act requiring that the Western Australian State Government undertake a review of the amended legislation after 12 months of operation. This report provides a review of the amended legislation and the associated drug driving law enforcement. It includes a process review of the roadside oral fluid testing and drug impaired driving enforcement programs; an analysis of testing, offence detection and legal penalty data pertaining to the first year of operation of the new drug enforcement measures; and a report on consultations with various stakeholders. These form the basis for recommendations on possible improvements to the processes and legislation related to the deterrence of driving after drug use among Western Australian drivers.
Report NumberCASR064
PublisherCentre for Automotive Safety Research
Publisher CityAdelaide
SponsorDepartment of the Premier and Cabinet, Western Australia
ISBN9781921645020
ISSN1449-2237
Page Count53

Reference
Woolley JE, Baldock MRJ (2009) Review of Western Australian drug driving laws (CASR064), Centre for Automotive Safety Research, Adelaide.


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