The Land Transport Amendment Act 2009 (the Act) gives Police greater powers to deal with the problem of people driving under the influence of drugs. Provisions for combating drugged driving came into force on 1 November 2009.
When did the new law come into effect?
The new drug driving law came into effect on 1 November 2009.
People who drive when their judgement and reactions are impaired by drugs are a danger to themselves and other road users. The Act aims to reduce this hazard by:
- creating a new offence of driving while impaired with evidence in the bloodstream of a qualifying drug (ie a controlled drug that is classified under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 or driving while impaired, and with evidence in the bloodstream of a prescription medicine)
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