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More than half of motorists fail drug tests in England and Wales

A summer crackdown by the police on drug-drivers found that over half of those taking roadside drugs tests failed them.

Data from 38 police forces across England and Wales found that between June 14 and July 15, 1,962 motorists were tested for drugs, with 57 per cent of those failing.

An average of 37 drivers failed their tests each day during the period.

During the same time frame, 36,675 breath tests for alcohol were conducted, with 3,667 (roughly 10 per cent) coming back positive, refused by the driver or failed.

What’s known as ‘drugalysers’ are used by police to check for any cocaine or cannabis in a driver’s mouth. Blood tests have to be carried out in the police station to be able to detect heroin or ecstasy.

Drivers are not automatically tested for driving under the influence of illegal drugs, but officers can use the tests if they have seen a motorist driving erratically, or have further reason to believe that a person is drug-driving.

As we approach the festive season, the police is issuing fresh calls to motorists considering drug-driving.

NPCC lead for roads policing Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: “Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is an incredibly dangerous and selfish decision to take, and it can have devastating consequences on people’s lives.

“Far too many people still attempt to drive after taking drugs and we are better prepared to catch them than ever before. We will ensure that they face the full penalty of the law.

“Our message is the same all year round: do not do it.”

Ted Welford

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December 10, 2018

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