Issues: Presently there are technological challenges to drug testing
Approach: An analysis of drug testing results in Queensland with
tentative conclusions, including the latest data on comparisons
between alcohol and drug testing, types of drugs detected, and post
mortem and anti-mortem testing results.
Key Findings: Policing for alcohol affected driving and drugged
driving are handled differently and there are a range of reasons
discussed for that.
Implications: There are policing practice and policy implications
for this approach.
Conclusion: Queensland Police are now some ways down the
drugged driving journey however, there are signifi cant difficulties and
challenges in the way that drug-related driving is enforced. Australian
law enforcement has for some considerable time mainstreamed the
drink driving prosecution of drivers and yet with respect to drugged
driving there are some considerable obstacles to overcome. Certainly,
there are technological limitations which lead to fi nancial and human
resource imposts for police agencies. The challenge is to fi nd a
reliable, cost-effective drug testing regime that meets the needs of
operational police and is reliable from an evidentiary criminal
prosecution perspective. This presentation overviews the gains made
in Queensland, Australia while outlining the challenges for law
enforcement in this difficult field.