Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Roadside Tests Helping in War on Drug Drivers

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Roadside Tests Helping in War on Drug Drivers

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Byline: James Cain Reporter james.cain@trinitymirror.com

A TOTAL of 170 arrests have been made following the introduction of roadside drug driving tests ten months ago.

On the first anniversary of the introduction of roadside tests for illegal drug use, 170 drivers have been arrested across Cleveland and Durham in the first 10 months of the new law.

The legislation was introduced on March 2 last year, allowing officers to use a 'Drugwipe' kit to take a mouth swab from anyone they suspect to be driving under the influence of illegal drugs.

Regulations set low levels for a number of illegal substances, with higher levels set for eight prescription drugs, including morphine and methadone.

Cleveland Police currently have figures for the number of arrests up to January this year.

Acting Chief Inspector Mark Pitt said: "This legislation allows officers to test people they suspect of driving whilst under the influence of drugs at the roadside by taking a mouth swab. …

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