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Alcohol and drugs are often a factor when fatal road accidents occur. As a response, drug testing for drivers was introduced in 2007 to help improve road safety.


When is the test given?


You could be tested for drugs at any time. 

Drug testing is often done alongside random breath testing. Sometimes it will be a stand-alone random drug testing site.


What drugs does the test detect?


The tests detect the active ingredients in illicit drugs including cannabis, ecstasy and various types of amphetamines.


How is the test done?


The test is a simple saliva test. You will be asked to provide a sample of saliva which will be tested on the spot. The test takes about 5 minutes.If there is a positive result police will do a second saliva test.


If the second test is also positive a sample of your saliva will be sent to a government laboratory for testing.


What happens next if the roadside test is positive?


If your saliva tests positive for drugs for a second time in a roadside drug test your licence will be immediately suspended for 24 hours. After that 24 hours passes you can usually start driving again.


If drugs are detected in the sample that is sent to the government laboratory for testing the police will contact you and charge you with drug driving. The testing process can take a month or longer.


What is zero tolerance?


You will be charged if any drugs at all are detected in your saliva sample by the laboratory. You should be aware that different types of drugs take different lengths of time to leave your system. The quantity of drugs taken and how frequently they are taken can also influence the time it takes for no traces of the drugs to remain in your saliva.


If in doubt, don’t drive!


What will my penalty be?


The penalty for a first time offence of drive while relevant drug is present in the saliva or blood is a fine of up to $1,540 or 3 months imprisonment and the disqualification of your licence for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 9 months. If you have a prior drink or drug driving conviction the disqualification the penalties go up to $2,200 or 6 months imprisonment and a disqualification of between 3 months and 18 months, depending on the previous offence. 


If you are charged with the more seious offence of driving whilst under the influence of a drug, you may face penalties of a fine of up to $3080 or 9 months imprisonment. The minimum disqualification period also increses to 6 months. 


What if I refuse to supply a speciman of saliva for analysis?


If asked by the Queensland police to provide a specimen of breath or saliva to determine if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs you must comply with this request. If you refuse or fail to provide a breath or saliva sample when requested, you will be charged for failing to provide a sample. Failing to provide a sample of breath is a very serious offence. 





UIL (0.15% or over)

0.100% - 0.149 %

0.50% - 0.099 %

0.00% - 0.049% if on restriced licence

driving with relevant drug present in blood or saliva

Previous Drink Drive in the past 5 years

Madatory Licence Disqualification

Maximum Penalty






1 conviction for UIL

2 or more convictions for UIL

6 months

1 year

2 years

3 - 12 months

1 - 9 months

3 - 9  months

1 - 9  months

$3080 or 9 months imprisonment

$6600 or 9 months imprisonment

Madatory Imprisonment

$2200 or 6 months imprisonment

$1540 or 3 months imprisonment

$1540 or 3 months imprisonment

$1540 or 3 months imprisonment

For more information on Drink Driving click HERE

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Queensland Traffic Lawyers

(07) 5532 3133


Gold Coast Office

44 Davenport St

Southport QLD




Brisbane Office

1/420 George St

Brisbane QLD



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