This feature presents three news items about the drug/driving seminar held in the UK in August 2000 by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). On 1 April 2001, formal record keeping is to be introduced, in which traffic patrols will be able to make a preliminary assessment of whether drivers have used drugs. Police officers will also receive drug recognition training (DRT), and will undertake field impairment testing (FIT). In the tests, they will measure the sizes of the pupils of drivers' eyes, which can indicate the types of drugs used. Police chiefs warned delegates that police forces will have to show that their new drugs tests for drivers are robust enough to meet a new offender defence 'industry' that will arise to counter the new drugs measures. If evidence is obtained soon that people will not cooperate, the Government has invited the police to have further policy discussions with it. So far, there is no evidence from a pilot study by six forces that the public are refusing to cooperate. Police trials of roadside drug tests have shown that there is a high correlation between the drug suspected by the officer and the substance later identified by laboratory analysis, according to a Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) report. Officers were trained to recognise the effects of six types of drugs.

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  • Authors:
    • FOGG, E
  • Publication Date: 2000-8-11


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 11
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    • ISSN: 0309-1414

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  • Accession Number: 00799853
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 6 2000 12:00AM