Random drug-testing bill set to be voted down by Government parties

NZ Herald 6 September 2018
Government parties are set to vote down a bill that would introduce a random drugs test for drivers, prompting a call by the Automobile Association to come up with an urgent alternative to address a growing problem.

“The AA has been calling for action on drugged driving since 2011,” said motoring affairs general manager Mike Noon, “and we urge the Government to announce its plan of action as quickly as possible.”

Parliament began debating the Land Transport (Random Oral Fluid Testing) Amendment Bill last night which would allow the police to flag down any rider or rider for a saliva test for the presence of THC (cannabis), ecstasy or methamphetamine.

But when the vote is held on September 19, Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First will vote it down.

Family First has added its voice of support for roadside drug-testing of drivers, and called on the Government to change its mind and support the member’s bill.

“We should take every measure possible to protect families and to reduce the road toll,” said national director Bob McCoskrie.
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