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VIC Criminal Law and Victoria Police - Tested Drugs Positive on Saliva Test

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by Sky Fox, 3 February 2016.

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  1. Sky Fox

    Sky Fox Member

    3 February 2016
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    After the processing of a positive saliva test for THC in Victoria, the Victoria police take the person home in the police car and then instruct them not to drive for 4 (four) hours. This rule is 24 (twenty-four) hours for amphetamines. This is specific to Victoria (I know of 24 hours for both THC and amph in NSW)

    How can police suspend a drivers licence for 4 hours after a positive result against new drugs laws 'THC detected in Oral fluids while driving' and include people who smoked days before with someone who 'threw the J out the window' as they pulled into the test?

    Does this 4 hour time, after testing positive serve as advice from Police, meaning, after you smoke a joint you can drive in four hours? Does this advice suggest this?

    I understand the answer is no,
    but how can the Police give advice like this? Theoretically, the person could be tested positive 3-4 times each day until all traces have left the body.

    What legal grounds under Criminal Law does a person have if they took this as advice before ingesting thc, waiting, at least, four hours, and then failing a roadside drug test?

    Witnessing this situation unfold from the passenger seat, the driver asked the policeman this question and the answer was "They (meaning lawmakers) don't know enough about THC effects, it is based on international research and this is the number they came up with as a 'guesstimation'".
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

    16 April 2014
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    No. As you have pointed out, the rate at which each person metabolises a drug is different - just like they provide a guide for alcohol, most people should be able to drink a certain amount and stay under the limit but some people fall grossly outside of those generalisations due to their unique physiology. But the law states that you can't drink over 0.05. Analogously, at the end of the day the police are there to enforce the law and you as a citizen are required to obey those laws. So whatever it takes, make sure that when you are driving you don't have THC in your system. Whether that requires stopping smoking 4 hours before - or 4 days before - that's what you are required to do.

    It is unreasonable to think that the police should be giving drug takers accurate advice on how they can avoid getting fined for drug driving. Consider the purpose of law and the safety of other road users.

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