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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    BRITAIN - Detection kits which test if drivers have taken certain illegal drugs will be available to police in England and Wales in the coming days after ministers approved their use. Analysis of saliva will show whether a driver has taken cocaine or cannabis, the Home Office said. If the test is positive, police will take a suspect to have a blood test, administered by a medical professional.

    A Home Office spokesperson said the technology was "groundbreaking". 'Drug menace' Policing minister Mike Penning approved the tests this week. "The government is determined to drive the menace of drug-driving from our roads," a Home Office spokesperson said. "Not only do those who get behind the wheel while under Forces will be encouraged to use the devices "as quickly as possible", the spokesperson added.

    Drug-driving is estimated to cause around 200 deaths per year, the Department for Transport said. The test will be used alongside breathalyser equipment, which detects the presence of alcohol in a person's breath.

    Studies on the influence of cocaine indicate drivers are impaired when they have taken the drug in high doses and during withdrawal periods. It is thought by the government that cannabis impairs co-ordination, visual perception, tracking and vigilance.the influence of drugs put their own lives at risk, but also those of innocent motorists and their passengers."

    The BBC/Dec. 21, 2014
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. beentheredonethatagain
    I have concerns that testing drivers for drug use will cause drivers that may not be impaired at the time of the test , but because the drug may have been used a week or a couple days prior, it will show up ...and off to jail

    And if you are withdrawing from cocaine they can arrest you for that as well?
    Believe me this is a bad piece of legislation designed to strip away the rights of the populace and allowing the "big brother" government to gain a stronger choke hold..
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