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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2526 ..


(1) How many people were charged for drug driving in the financial years of (a) 2017-2018, (b) 2018-2019, (c) 2019-2020, (d) 2020-2021 year to date.

(2) How many of these charges mentioned in part 1 were for (a) marijuana, and (b) ice.

(3) How many people were convicted of a drug driving offence in the financial in (a) 2017-2018, (b) 2018-2019, (c) 2019-2020, (d) 2020-2021 year to date.

(4) How many of these convictions mentioned in part 3 were for (a) marijuana, and (b) ice.

(5) How many of these people mentioned above were referred to the drug and alcohol court.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The below data is based on the date of apprehension, for a charge of drug driving:

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Apprehensions

811

1048

894

807

Source: PROMIS as at 7 July 2021

(2) ACT Policing is unable to provide the number of charges for marijuana or methamphetamine as it would require the diversion of police resources to manually interrogate all drug driving charges recorded on ACT Policing databases. This would be an arduous process, unable to be completed within the required timeframes.

(3) The below notes a conviction of at least one charge for drug driving, based on the date of the court result. It should be noted that apprehensions and convictions regularly occur within separate financial years.

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Convictions

594

896

750

820

Source: PROMIS as at 7 July 2021

ACT Policing has defined a conviction or successful court outcome as any of the following court results: community service order, convicted with recognizance, convicted with recognizance and fine, fined, imprisonment, imprisonment with hard labour, imprisonment with recognizance, intensive correction order, penalty (in default, detention), proved – dismissed, proved – no penalty imposed, proved without proceeding to conviction, sentenced to rising of court, suspended sentence with recognizance, suspended sentence with recognizance and fine.

(4) ACT Policing is unable to provide the number of convictions for marijuana and methamphetamine as it would require the diversion of police resources to manually interrogate all drug driving convictions recorded on ACT Policing databases. This would be an arduous process, unable to be completed within the required timeframes.

(5) The number of people referred to the Drug and Alcohol Sentencing List since December 2019, where one of the offences included a drug driving offence is 9.



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