Pubdate: Sat, 26 Dec 2015
Source: Northern Star (Australia)
Copyright: 2015 APN News & Media Ltd
Author: Rodney Stevens
Page: 17

Reaction to drug driving protest at court


OPINIONS of The Northern Star's online readers are divided on the
controversial issue of saliva testing motorists to identify who is
driving with illicit drugs present in their system.

When the paper shared to its Facebook page a story about Monday's
anti-saliva testing protest held outside Lismore Court, more than 40
readers commented.

The majority of the comments supported the use of random drug testing
by police.

Sara Elizabeth Carr posted: "Don't do drugs or drink and drive.

Steve Mathers said: "Having had family members severely injured by a
drug driver, I'm all for getting every drug-taking loser off the roads."

Emily Jane wrote: "At this point in time, marijuana is illegal in
Australia. So whether it's a fresh joint or left over from four days
ago, it's still breaking the law."

Troy Hawke posted: "It would seem that the majority of people opposed
to Mobile Drug Testing are trying to justify their illegal drug habit.

"Weed smokers and meth heads have had a free run on our roads for a
long time, now the police have put them on notice."

On the other side of the coin, Al Pegg wrote: "Money making exercise
only. No proof that you're even impaired, plus there is no data on
impairment of driving on these substances."

Ryan Miller posted: "Old and stupid people driving around causing
havoc is fine, but smoke a bit of a plant the day before and get
hauled off like a criminal."
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