Roadside testing programs in Australia are very common due to the vastness of the country and the fact that the areas and cities of the continent are interconnected with a complex and extensive road and highway network which are the main transport means for Australians, be it for recreation or business.

Driving and roads are inseparable from Australian life, and due to the fact that the people from down under are so reliant on their vehicles for their everyday needs and lives, the traffic and the rate of driving is much more intensive than that in many of the other countries around the world. Plus, the distances travelled as well as the conditions for travelling are much more extreme than those in European and other western countries.

Most freight forwarding is done via rail transport, but heavy vehicles are the most popular means of transporting goods and cargo of different industries and businesses in Australia.

The practice of random roadside testing for drugs or alcohol has been introduced throughout Australia in order to improve the road security measures and reduce the road accident and death rates on a national level. The Australian Police force and the legal authorities also consider the random testing practice as an efficient preventive measure.

The random roadside tests are done via breathalyzing with handheld testing units or by testing saliva samples taken from the drivers.

Statistics from the Drugs and Diving report from the Australian Federal Government, the safety approaches implemented in the last three decades have reduced the incidents of road trauma significantly. The random roadside tests are also found to help contribute to the ongoing debate regarding the use of illegal drugs and driving and add to the evidence that both illegal drugs and some pharmaceutical products can impair the driver abilities and are thus a serious safety concern on the road. The drugs found to be of most concern to the authorities in Australia are: cannabis, ecstasy, methamphetamines as well as pharmaceutical drugs such as benzodiazepines.

Saliva roadside testing

This is a preferred method for roadside testing of drivers for illegal drug use because it is quick, easy, not evasive and is efficient. The police officials can do the test without too much disruption of the traffic or to those being tested. Plus, it allows for more drivers to be tested and thus is more cost effective and time saving.

While there is no doubt that urine tests for drugs are also very efficient, they do have some disadvantages over saliva-based roadside tests. Saliva screening is considered the ideal roadside testing method for detecting drugs in the system of random drivers. The main problem with urine testing is that it can detect the presence of drugs which have been used in the distant past rather than drugs which are currently active in the system and which present danger to the driver abilities and to others on the road. This is why many employers too use saliva-based testing for drugs at the workplaces rather than the urine-based tests which can show that an employee has used drugs but cannot show when these drugs were actually last used.

Roadside testing programs in Australia are very common due to the vastness of the country and the fact that the areas and cities of the continent are interconnected with a complex and extensive road and highway network which are the main transport means for Australians, be it for recreation or business.

Driving and roads are inseparable from Australian life, and due to the fact that the people from down under are so reliant on their vehicles for their everyday needs and lives, the traffic and the rate of driving is much more intensive than that in many of the other countries around the world. Plus, the distances travelled as well as the conditions for travelling are much more extreme than those in European and other western countries.

Most freight forwarding is done via rail transport, but heavy vehicles are the most popular means of transporting goods and cargo of different industries and businesses in Australia.

The practice of random roadside testing for drugs or alcohol has been introduced throughout Australia in order to improve the road security measures and reduce the road accident and death rates on a national level. The Australian Police force and the legal authorities also consider the random testing practice as an efficient preventive measure.

The random roadside tests are done via breathalyzing with handheld testing units or by testing saliva samples taken from the drivers.

Statistics from the Drugs and Diving report from the Australian Federal Government, the safety approaches implemented in the last three decades have reduced the incidents of road trauma significantly. The random roadside tests are also found to help contribute to the ongoing debate regarding the use of illegal drugs and driving and add to the evidence that both illegal drugs and some pharmaceutical products can impair the driver abilities and are thus a serious safety concern on the road. The drugs found to be of most concern to the authorities in Australia are: cannabis, ecstasy, methamphetamines as well as pharmaceutical drugs such as benzodiazepines.

Saliva roadside testing

This is a preferred method for roadside testing of drivers for illegal drug use because it is quick, easy, not evasive and is efficient. The police officials can do the test without too much disruption of the traffic or to those being tested. Plus, it allows for more drivers to be tested and thus is more cost effective and time saving.

While there is no doubt that urine tests for drugs are also very efficient, they do have some disadvantages over saliva-based roadside tests. Saliva screening is considered the ideal roadside testing method for detecting drugs in the system of random drivers. The main problem with urine testing is that it can detect the presence of drugs which have been used in the distant past rather than drugs which are currently active in the system and which present danger to the driver abilities and to others on the road. This is why many employers too use saliva-based testing for drugs at the workplaces rather than the urine-based tests which can show that an employee has used drugs but cannot show when these drugs were actually last used.