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UK Government announces specifications for drug driver testing device

The UK Government’s Home Office has announced the specifications for a new police station-based drug-screening device that will be used to test drivers suspected of drug driving. The document sets out what the device will do and the standards it must meet. Manufacturers will now submit devices to the Home Office for testing. If the specifications are met, a device could then be approved by the Home Secretary for use by police. The potential device will test for a range of drugs, including cannabinoids, cocaine, amphetamines, methylamphetamine, methadone and opiates. Alongside this, the government will continue working with manufacturers to investigate the feasibility of introducing portable drug-screening devices, which could be used to test drivers for drugs at the roadside.

Once a screening device is approved, officers will be able to use it to test if a person has specific levels of a drug in their system and then take a blood sample if the device gives a positive reading. This will enable suspects to be dealt with quicker, cutting bureaucracy and allowing officers to get back to frontline duties. Currently, a doctor must be called out to assess if suspects are impaired as a result of drugs and authorize a blood sample. This should reduce the waiting time before evidential samples are taken, helping to ensure that any drug levels are recorded before they dissipate.

Left: James Brokenshire is Minister for Crime Prevention at the Home Office, where he has responsibility for a range of government policies including antisocial behavior, drugs and alcohol and violent crime

“Motorists under the influence of drugs are a danger on the road,” said crime prevention minister, James Brokenshire. “We are determined that police have the highest-quality devices to help identify them. This specification is a big step toward that goal. Police already have robust powers to test drivers for signs of impairment and this will make it easier for them to identify the reckless drivers who are putting lives at risk.” Road safety minister, Mike Penning, added, “Drug drivers show a flagrant disregard for the law and put the lives of responsible motorists at risk. This announcement means that we are a step closer to making sure that the police have the equipment they need to tackle this selfish minority more effectively and make the roads safer for everyone.”
 

January 17, 2011

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