A growing number of people are joining a Facebook site that provides information on police drug testing locations.
Called Nth Coast RDT locations, the site set up by Terry Placing of Tabulam now has almost 800 members.
‘We have lawyers, doctors … in fact we have a huge cross section that you would expect from the cannabis using community,’ Mr Placing said.
Mr Placing, who lost his licence for six months after testing positive in a road-side swap, said the site was set up because he felt unjustly punished.
“I was caught up in the first wave of testing and although I had not had a smoke since the Saturday before the Monday I tested positive.
‘Many people tested say that they haven’t consumed cannabis for days before testing positive,’ he said.
The Echonetdaily has reported previously that even local magistrates have questioned the effectiveness of the testing regime, as it does not test for driver impairment, simply the presence of cannabis in a person’s system.
An average of 50 drug driving convictions are being heard in the Lismore court each week.
Reports have also centred on the fact that up to a third of the roadside tests carried out by police were returning ‘false positives’.
That means drivers are found to be positive by the swap, but then are found to be negative when tested in ‘the bus’, where police use more sophisticated equipment.
Opponents of the testing regime also point out that the tests do not target people using prescription drugs that are known to impair driving abilty.
People using social media to avoid the police is nothing new.
The NSW Greens set up the Sniff Off Sydney site to alert people to the locations of police using sniffer dogs, and similar sites exist in Melbourne, Adelaide and other centres.