LAW REFORM CAMPAIGNS

Global prohibition has systematically failed.

Every week, we speak with experts, academics, politicians and community members about how we can achieve drug policy that reduces harm and respects people’s freedoms and rights.
Keep up to date with key facts, interviews and news.

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Roadside Drug Testing

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Roadside Drug Testing

Learn more about Victorian road law, where no fair distinction is made between impairment and having detectable traces of a drug in ones system and why this unclear system harms road safety.

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RDT Victoria Timeline

Research: Drugs & Driving

March 1, 2010

Research: Drugs & Driving

Drugs & Driving, Prevention Research Quarterly, DrugInfo Clearing House Australian Drug Foundation Professor Con Stough and Rebecca King, Drugs and Driving Research Unit, Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Victoria Detection of impaired driving

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Research: Cannabis and Impaired Driving

October 1, 2001

Research: Cannabis and Impaired Driving

An Evaluation of the Efficiency of Sobriety Testing to Detect Blood Levels of Cannabis and Impaired Driving Ability, Katherine Papafotiou, BAppSc. (Hons). October 2001

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Road Safety (Amendment) Act 2000

April 12, 2000

Road Safety (Amendment) Act 2000, PARLIAMENT OF VICTORIA  Clause 6 New offences relating to driving while impaired by a drug Section 49(1)

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Drugs And Driving Unit Established

May 1, 1997

The Drugs and Driving Unit (DDRU) Was established in 1997 to conduct high quality research in the general area of drugs consumption and driving.

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Inquiry Into Effect of Drugs on Road Safety

November 11, 1996

Inquiry Into Effect of Drugs on Road Safety

INQUIRY INTO EFFECTS OF DRUGS (OTHER THAN ALCOHOL) ON ROAD SAFETY IN VICTORIA, Parliament of Victoria Report Introduction I┬áChairman’s Preface This Report concludes the Inquiry into the effects of drugs (other than alcohol) on road safety in Victoria.

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High Alert

High Alert is an independent campaign that calls on the Victorian Government to review the use of sniffer dogs at music festivals and in public spaces.

The campaign seeks to educate the public about their rights if they are stopped by police on suspicious of drug possession.

What’s so bad about sniffer dogs?

Passive Alert Detection Operations (Sniffer Dogs)

 

  • They’re ineffective.┬áThe NSW coroner found no evidence of any effect on supply, drug use in the community or increases of┬áperceptions of public┬ásafety.

  • They’re inaccurate.┬áSniffer dog detect a false positive┬á┬á60-80% of the time

  • They’re over the top.┬áTheir use┬áleads to humiliating and potentially traumatising strip searches of young adults and minors, for the equivalent crime of a minor traffic offence.

  • TheyÔÇÖre dangerous.┬áThey can lead to increased risky drug use at festivals. Upon seeing sniffer dogs, Alex Ross King, 19, more than doubled her dose to avoid detection, she later died of cardiac arrest.

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Cannabis Law Reform

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