ROADSIDE DRUG SCREENING, FIELD IMPAIRMENT TESTING, DRE PROGRAMMES AND EXPERIENCES - ENFORCEMENT ASPECTS - GROUP A2

The very low number of drug-driving prosecutions in the UK, compared with the large number of drink-driving prosecutions, suggests that the police do not detect many drivers whose driving may be impaired by drugs. This is mainly because no easily available roadside device, analogous to a breathalyser, will detect the use of drugs, and because the police are yet trained to detect drivers who may be impaired by drugs. A drugs screening device needs to be developed. In 1998 four UK police forces evaluated two devices. There was evidence of widespread public support for both the methods of testing and for roadside drugs screening. During 1999 a programme of training for police officers in drugs detection methods will be evaluated. A change in the law may be needed to require a drugs suspect to undertake a test.

  • Corporate Authors:

    TRL

    Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride
    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom  RG40 3GA
  • Authors:
    • Tunbridge, R
    • ROWE, D J
  • Publication Date: 1999

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 2 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00798069
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 8 2000 12:00AM