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UK News South Lanarkshire motorists face roadside drug driving tests from this week

19:25  23 october  2019
19:25  23 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Roadside drug testing is becoming more and more common. You could be stopped for not using an indicator light, and the police could decide to drug test you. You also can’t refuse a test — if you do, you face a very harsh legal penalty which is the equivalent of having been found guilty of driving with

Other effective drugs tests require a urine sample, making them difficult to implement for drug - driving tests . An older version of the technology is already being used by the Home Office to test offenders for drugs . They are also used for roadside testing by police in countries including Australia, Italy and

a close up of a hand holding a video game: New drug driving laws to be introduced as motorists face roadside drugs tests. PC Stewart Logan holding one of the Drugswipe testing kits. © Neil Hanna New drug driving laws to be introduced as motorists face roadside drugs tests. PC Stewart Logan holding one of the Drugswipe testing kits.

Motorists in South Lanarkshire are facing the possibility of roadside drug tests from this week, as Scotland gets tougher on drug driving.

A new law which introduces strict drug drive limits has come into effect, with Police now able to carry out immediate tests using ‘mouth swabs’ for any motorist they suspect of drug driving, or who have been involved in a collision or stopped for a traffic offence. If the test is positive, drivers will be arrested.

People are up to three times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a road crash when driving after taking cannabis, rising to 10 times for cocaine. Combining drugs or combining them with alcohol multiplies your risk of being involved in a crash.

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Gardaí tested 612 motorists at the roadside for drug driving last year, it has emerged. Gardaí ran 52,395 Mandatory Intoxicant Testing (MIT) checkpoints over 2017 after new The Drager 5000 drug tests work by collecting a sample of a motorists ’ saliva in a mouthpiece device, which is then put into

The new law means it is now easier to hold drug drivers to account as there is no requirement to prove that someone was driving in an impaired manner. There is a zero-tolerance approach to the eight drugs most associated with illegal use, including cannabis, heroin and cocaine. Drugs associated with medical use have limits based on impairment and road safety.

Chief Inspector Darren Faulds Area Commander for Road Policing West, said: “With our partners, we are committed to reducing road casualties and deplore the devastating consequences of drug driving on victims, their families and communities.

“This new legislation gives my officers the powers to detect, at the roadside, those selfish motorists who risk the lives of others and themselves by driving after taking illegal substances.  Hopefully this will act as a deterrent to those who are involved in the taking of illegal substances from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle”.

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PC Steven Stott from South Yorkshire Police has been showing us how the tests work which they can now use to check if drivers are over the limit for a

Increase in drug driving bans. Accidents involving drug drivers have also rocketed by over 50per cent The increase in drug driving bans could also be due to the new drugalyser tests which allow police to take Drivers convicted of drug driving face a minimum of a year’s ban, an unlimited

A drug drive conviction is both a criminal and driving offence. Upon conviction, drivers will receive a minimum 12-month driving ban; 3-11 penalty points on their licence; a criminal record; up to 6 months in prison and/or a fine of up to a £5000.

Drug-driving can have devastating consequences, people can and have died and lives can be ruined.

Humza Yousaf wearing a suit and tie: New drug driving laws to be introduced as motorists face roadside drugs tests. L-R Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, Head of Road Policing for Police Scotland with Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf, each holding Drugswipe testing kits. © Neil Hanna New drug driving laws to be introduced as motorists face roadside drugs tests. L-R Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, Head of Road Policing for Police Scotland with Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf, each holding Drugswipe testing kits.

Drugs can stay in a user’s system for hours and even days after consumption. Some heavy users will always have drugs in their system.

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf said: “Driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs is simply not acceptable. The consequences of causing a collision while under the influence can be devastating.

“I am grateful to Police Scotland, the Scottish Police Authority, and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for their hard work to prepare for the new laws coming into force.

“Alongside our stringent drink driving limits, these new curbs will ensure Scotland’s law enforcement agencies have the most robust powers in the UK to tackle impaired and unsafe driving in order to keep people safe.”

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