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Explanatory Statement Traffic and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (Serial 138)



Explanatory Statement Traffic and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (Serial 138)

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Tabled by Peter Chandler


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TRAFFIC AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2015 portions. The amendment has been made to allow blood samples to be divided into three portions; one portion to be used for alcohol testing, a second portion to be used for drug testing, and the final portion to be made available to the person from whom it was taken. Clause 22 Section 29AAL amended This clause provides a person who is in custody after undergoing a saliva analysis with the right to communicate with a medical practitioner to request any of the following: an examination of the person; a sample of the persons blood; or to arrange a sample of the persons blood to be taken by another medical practitioner, registered nurse or a qualified person. The provision accommodates the circumstances where, after undergoing saliva testing, a person requests that a police officer arrange for the person to obtain a sample of their blood for drug testing. Upon receiving such a request, the police officer must make relevant arrangements that are reasonable in the circumstances to meet the request. Clause 23 Section 29AALA inserted This clause inserts a new provision which enables a person from whom a saliva sample was taken to request a portion of that sample from an authorised analyst for the purposes of independent testing. Where a request is made, the sample must be sent at the expense of the person submitting the request to a medical practitioner or other laboratory nominated by the person. The request must be made within 6 months of the person being served with an infringement notice or court summons for a drug driving offence. Section 29AAM amendedClause 24 This clause amends section 29AAM to enable police officers to impose a 24 hour suspension on the drivers licence of a person who has been Page 9 of 11

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