23.8 C
Byron Shire
January 30, 2023

Random drug tests set to become a daily event

Latest News

Saint Bob of the Greens in Lennox Head

With hardly a vacant seat in the auditorium, Bob Brown kept the party faithful’s eyes, ears and hearts glued...

Other News

Happy new Yulli’s

Yulli’s Byron Bay and its sister eatery Wok This Way will soon be merging in a move designed to...

Bob Brown – an inspirational activist and leader

Bob Brown is a legend, an inspirational activist who has devoted his life to protecting and preserving our precious environment and defending human rights. He will be in our region soon...

Survival/Australia Day celebration – Byron Shire

There are events being held across the Byron Shire on January 26 to celebrate both Survival and Australia Day.

Federal Drive landslip update

Council staff have updated the status of the hinterland Federal landslip that cut access at Federal Drive, north of Federal village on February 28, 2022. The road that connects Federal to Goonengerry has been closed a year this week.

Space is the place

Space is the Place is committed to bringing some of the world’s most forward-thinking electronic artists and DJs to an accessible space for all to celebrate this summer.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Invasion, Survival and Mourning Day

Why does 26 January create so much anger, sadness and frustration? Because it’s a day that is not inclusive. It’s a day that celebrates inequality in this country. It’s a day that says 97 per cent of our population can celebrate the injustices done to thousands and thousands of innocent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the name of advancement and expansion of the British Empire.

No, it's not a coffee capsule machine, it's the new Drager Drug Test 5000
No, it’s not a coffee capsule machine, it’s the new Drager Drug Test 5000

Police on the north coast are set to make random drug testing (RDT) a ‘daily event’ after the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command received new equipment and specialised training this week.

As part of the training an RDT operation is being conducted in the Tweed Heads area today (23 April).

The testing will not just be limited to highway patrols either. Officers on general duties have also been trained during the past four days.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s acting superintendent, Greg Lynch, said the Tweed-Bryon Local Area Command had been issued with a Drager DrugTest 5000

He said the acquisition was ‘part of a program to place these more of these devices into regional areas.’

‘The Drager will allow the command to run more frequent random drug testing operations making them part of everyday enforcement practices,’ acting superintendent Lynch said.

‘If you drive and you have drugs or alcohol in your system it is a criminal offence.’


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. This is a tremendous breakthrough and is to be hoped it stops drivers driving when drugged up. However, we still have to get the judges to support the police by jailing these characters after being caught. As things stand now they’re all being bailed to go out and do the same again. Perhaps once the old Grafton Jail is rehabilitated it will give the judges a new perspective.

  2. Contrary to Acting Superintendent Lynch’s comment, it is not a criminal offence to drive with alcohol or drugs in your system. You can drive with many types of dangerous prescription drugs in your system including sleeping tablets and the police do not even test for them. And a driver with a full licence can drive with alcohol in their system as long as it doesn’t exceed the limit deemed to affect your reflexes. The NSW police have never established that marijuana in the quantities that can be detected has any effect on reflexes but are targeting marijuana users as a means of raising money and attempting to force marijuana users to go back to drinking alcohol at the behest of the alcohol lobby that funds the major political parties. Regrettably the NSW police do not have the integrity to insist on meaningful research into the effects of marijuana on driving but are happy to enforce a politically motivated law whilst falsely claiming to be motivated by road safety.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Environment law fails to protect threatened species

A University of Queensland finding says that the federal environmental laws are failing to mitigate against Australia’s extinction crisis.

Dr Philip Nitschke to visit Lismore

Controversial founder and director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International, Dr Philip Nitschke will hold a free public meeting on NSW’s new Voluntary Assisted Dying Act at the Lismore Workers Club on Saturday.

Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

Ballina’s Citizens of the Year announced

Ballina Shire Council announced its Australia Day Awards yesterday at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre. The awards were presented by Sandra Jackson and netballer Liz Ellis, with music by Katie Rutledge and Levi Maxwell. The event was also livestreamed.