In Great Britain, in 1996, the Department of the Environment, Transport, and the Regions (DETR) began a 3-year study to look at the current incidence of drugs in road fatalities. Preliminary results show that illicit drug use (mainly marijuana) has increased 5-fold since an earlier study in the mid 1980s. During the same period, the incidence of medicinal drugs has remained about the same. Even though some drugs remain in the system for a long period after use, the presence of drugs does not always indicate that they were a contributory factor in an accident. Even so, these figures are cause for significant concern. Prosecuting a driver for driving under the influence of drugs requires relatively simple tests that police can administer and that will demonstrate whether a driver is impaired and the likelihood that this is due to drugs. In 1997, 2 police officers from Scotland visited the U.S. to study their Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program. Parts of this have been developed for possible use by U.K. police forces. Six police forces have trained officers in the use of DRE and Field Impairment Testing and these techniques have been evaluated in a trial involving 300 drivers and a similar sample of non-drivers. This paper reports on the preliminary results of these trials.

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  • Publication Date: 2000


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  • Accession Number: 00797571
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VTI konferens 13A, Part 2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2000 12:00AM