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The Northern Territory news Thu 3 Dec 2015



The Northern Territory news Thu 3 Dec 2015

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THURSDAY DECEMBER 3 2015 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA test faced a $765 fine and a three-month driving ban. This legislation gives the police the right, just as they do with breathalysers, to test people for drugs, he said. He said the Territory government delayed implementing roadside drug tests until it was proved in other states. It needed to be tested and we are a government that is soft on areas that we should and we should be hard on areas like crime and, of course, on our roads. This is another tool police have to do their job better. Each roadside drug test costs $40, with another $45 for a secondary test following a positive result. If a driver returns two positive roadside tests, a saliva sample is sent for laboratory analysis, which costs $300. Traffic Operations Superintendent Bob Rennie said testing would be targeted at known trouble spots. The tests are quite expensive. So, instead of blanket testing itll be selective random testing. It may be Mitchell Street at 4am on a Saturday, he said. Despite the cost, Supt Rennie said it was worth it to prevent a serious accident. Definitely, it could save lives and stop serious injury, he said. Supt Rennie said he expected police to catch a number of drug affected drivers. He said NSW Police found one in every 10 drivers tested returned a positive result. We expect we will get quite a high percentage of drug drivers compared to our drink drivers, he said. Supt Rennie said drugs altered a drivers perception of space and reaction time. The new legislation comes into effect on February 1. It may be Mitchell Street at 4am on a Saturday morning New drug driving test kits will be used on Territory drivers under the influence of alcohol or who may be under the influence of drugs Picture: PATRINA MALONE TERRITORY drivers suspected of being under the influence of illicit substances can now be tested for drugs during roadside breath tests. Police Minister Peter Chandler said legislation passed yesterday followed similar laws introduced in other states, allowing police to randomly drug test drivers. Mr Chandler said the testing kits would be rolled out across the Territory. He said drivers refusing to take a saliva KIERAN BANKS Not easy to see client lawyer A MAN facing charges of arson, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and stealing will have his case committed to the NT Supreme Court. Gavin Lee McCarthy faced Darwin Magistrates Court via video link from jail yesterday. NT Legal Aid lawyer Caroline Snell asked that he be brought to the courthouse cells to face his committal hearing in person in two weeks. Magistrate Michael Carey asked why McCarthy couldnt appear on video again. Ms Snell said she had been having trouble gaining instructions from her client. Hes in high security (at Holtze prison) ... I go out to see him and the visit gets cancelled because (guards) have to ensure all other prisoners are in their cells at the time, she said. Ms Snell was ready to do the hand-up committal yesterday, but prosecutors required another fortnight. Addict on one count for supply A METH addict with more than 15 previous breaches of court order who was busted during a police raid on his suppliers home probably wont be handed a suspended sentence, a court was told. Nicholas Kyle Munnich, 22, had obtained the drug ice on credit from a bigger fish and went into a bedroom to use it, intending to save some to sell to pay off the debt, when police arrested him in Palmerston. Prosecutor Steve Ledek said Munnichs debt was recorded in a ledger found in the house. Munnich admitted one count of meth supply in the NT Supreme Court yesterday. His lawyer Koulla Roussos asked for a chance to determine her clients suitability for release into residential rehab. Justice Judith Kelly said: He has 17 breaches of court orders why on earth would I give him a suspended sentence? The case was adjourned to next week. Drug roadblockDrug roadblock When you buy ANY Fresh Meat, Seafood or Deli product from James Squire One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale Bottles 24x345ml GET AN EXTRA $10 OFF A CASE bws.com.au | Call 1300 138 297* We support the responsible service of alcohol. On sale from Wednesday 25 November until Tuesday 5 January 2016 unless sold out prior. Savings based on Darwin metropolitan sell price. BWS stores are closed on Sunday. Limit rights reserved. Specials may not be available in all stores including Alice Springs, Gove or Katherine or through Woolworths online.*Standard local call charges apply. One transaction, per customer per day. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Valid for redemption until Tuesday 12 January 2016. Minimum spend of $5 in a Woolworths Supermarket. BP021216NTVF1

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