20 new drug testing machines now in the hands of WA Police


"More than $1.3 million has been spent upgrading WA Police’s drug testing capabilities

through the purchase of 20 Dräger drug analyser machines.

The new machines will be available to regional officers as well as metropolitan cops.

The $1.3 million has also been spent on new mouth swab kits which can give officers preliminary drug test results in just 3-5 minutes.

“The enhanced capability to conduct drug tests and apprehend drug driving offenders will

contribute to the reduction of people killed and seriously injured in crashes that involve drug

impaired drivers,” WA Police said in a statement issued today.

Drivers found to have illegal drugs in their system can be fined up to $500 and cop three demerit points

Those found to be impaired by illicit drugs while driving can be fined up to $2500 and

be banned from the roads for a minimum of 10 months.

State Traffic Enforcement Superintendent Mike Peters said the message about drug driving is simple:

“Don’t take illicit drugs or any other drugs which may impair your driving,” he said.

“Don’t allow friends to drive if you suspect they may have taken drugs, just as you

would stop them from drink-driving.” "


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