'Roadside screening' could catch drug-driving car insurance holders

Friday, 21 January 2011

Drug-driving car insurance policyholders would be more likely to be caught if there were a roadside screening device to test them, one road safety charity has claimed.

Commenting after the Home Office announced the specification for a drug testing device to be available for use at police stations, Brake said this was not enough.

Ellen Booth, campaigns officer at the charity, said: "This is definitely a step in the right direction, but we're not there yet. Provisions to tackle drug driving have been woefully inadequate for too long - other countries are leaps and bounds ahead of us.

"There still isn't a law making it an offence to drive on illegal drugs. Without this legislation, the police have to try to prove driver impairment, which is difficult and helps to explain why there are so few convictions."

She added that a roadside screening device and random spot checks would make motor insurance holders realise their chances of being caught drug-driving were higher.

We need to "stamp out this deadly menace on our roads", she concluded.

Brake is an independent charity which focuses on reducing the number of deaths on roads around the world.

Posted by Noel Martin 

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