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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:29 am

Way to go, Victorian coppers:

Victoria Police’s world-first roadside drug testing system is in tatters after the man identified as the first in the world to return a positive drug test at a roadside drug bus was cleared – first by an independent laboratory and now by police.

Earlier this year the Victorian government had to refund $26 million to drivers wrongly fined for speeding. Professor Bunyip is all over this like beetroot on a burger, and he’s got more to come.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/22/2004 at 06:24 PM
    1. I don’t get the Reno bit, Tim.

      Posted by Tony.T on 12/22 at 06:32 PM • permalink


    1. Reno 911—US sitcom about incompetent police. On Comedy Channel here. V. funny.

      Posted by tim on 12/22 at 06:37 PM • permalink


    1. Check. Better consult the guide.

      Posted by Tony.T on 12/22 at 06:48 PM • permalink


    1. However he did say “ I haven’t used it for a month”, thereby implying…..

      Posted by crash on 12/22 at 08:05 PM • permalink


    1. The bad news is that NSW is on the same crazy path of random drug testing.

      Posted by Rafe on 12/22 at 10:01 PM • permalink


    1. The JPs group I was member of I had a meeting with a senior Vic TOG officer a decade ago.  TOG was firmly opposed to testing for drugs at the time. Alcohol testing is a reliable science but roadside drug testing was a minefield. Undoubtedly testing has improved in recent years – but not by much it seems.

      Note that they don’t test for opiates, which would be as great if not a greater problem than amphetamines and THC.  If you’re a spaced out heroin addict you get a free pass. Not hard to guess why that is.

      Posted by walterplinge on 12/22 at 10:47 PM • permalink


    1. Once again the cops are taking the heat.

      The cops shouldn’t be taking the heat.

      Police Minister Haermeyer should be taking the heat.

      The bureaucrats responsible for the crap advertising campaign for the totally screwed up anti-drug-driving campaign should be taking the heat.

      The Victorian socialist Bracks government should be taking the heat.

      But they’re not taking the heat.

      They’re leaving it to the cops.

      The cops won’t forget.

      Posted by ilibcc on 12/22 at 10:48 PM • permalink


    1. Victoria’s finest? None finer in my opinion. Just imagine the slap-up job Vic Pol has done on bringing the perps of Melbourne’s gangland slayings to justice.

      Almost equally laughable is that two of Victoria’s finest were recently spotted following some rough type, driving around in an unmarked vehicle. Actually the pursuit vehicle was marked. It had the ‘Vic’s Mowing’ motif emblazened all over the body of the station wagon and trailer.

      The target? Well, he got away as the vehicle he was driving was not encumbered by a trailer and a couple of Victa Two Strokes and a whipper-snipper.

      Then again maybe Vic Pol should change their whole approach and concentrate on more horticultural pursuits. It’s the only way the people of Victoria could ever get these dumb bastards to serve them properly.

      And while we’re on the subject of roadside drug testing, Vic Pol is very appropriately taking the heat because the cops invited the media to come down and film the first two ‘positives’ after they were charged.

      Just quietly, I wouldn’t let Vic Pol near a feline lodged in a tree and I am no cat lover.

      Posted by Peter Hoysted on 12/22 at 11:35 PM • permalink


    1. And Haermeyer’s spin doctors had nothing to do with it?

      And the too-cute advertising campaign was hatched in police headquarters by actual cops?

      And the media campaign was orchestrated by Mr Plod in Collingwood?

      Crap, Peter Hoysted. If you wouldn’t let a Victorian cop near a cat in a tree it says more about you and cats and trees than it does about anything else.

      Posted by ilibcc on 12/23 at 12:08 AM • permalink


    1. Fact, ilibcc:

      Vic Pol’s Media Unit invited the throng to come on down and make merry.

      To the extent that Haermeyer’s office encouraged the frenzy is something we can only speculate on at this stage.

      And if you think Haermeyer’s got that sort of pull with Vic Pol, you may be just the sort of person they’re looking for.

      Haemeyer should lose his job for this and sundry related and unrelated disgraces yet won’t (natch) but fugsake, don’t try and paint the cops as hapless victims in this travesty. Bear in mind, the Plod continues to be fervent in its support of road side drug testing and continues to give it operational priority.

      It’s just that now they won’t have so many cameras about.

      Posted by Peter Hoysted on 12/23 at 01:13 AM • permalink


    1. “Beetroot on a burger”?

      What is wrong with you people?

      Posted by Dr Alice on 12/23 at 05:08 AM • permalink


    1. They’re not hapless victims, Pete, they’re tools of a massive government media campaign and they’re pissed off even while having to defend it.

      The buck still stops with Haermeyer.

      Posted by ilibcc on 12/23 at 09:32 AM • permalink


    1. Dr Alice

      Try it some time.  Last night I had a steak sandwich at the pub:

      thin filet of round steak (medium rare)
      grilled onions
      barbeque sauce

      Posted by murph on 12/23 at 11:18 AM • permalink


  1. What’s the bet that irregardless how inaccurate it is, they will persist in the name of “road safety”?

    Just think of all the dollars the State government is bound to get out of it. With the property market cooling, they have to think up some new ways of collecting revenue, eh? Even the record GST haul is not enough for our Labor State governments with their “solid economic credentials”.

    Posted by JPB on 12/23 at 04:38 PM • permalink