Roadside Drug Testing
Increasing road safety by reducing drug driving is a major problem facing police forces across the globe. New testing technologies such as the Alere™ DDS®2 Mobile Test System allow police forces to screen suspected drug drivers so they can be convicted.
The lightweight, portable handheld test system can detect up to 6 drugs from a single oral fluid sample in a matter of minutes, eliminating the need to wait for a medical practitioner to advise whether a driver has taken an illegal drug or substance of abuse.
UK Drug Driving Law
In the UK it is illegal to drive if either:
- you’re unfit to do so because you’re on legal or illegal drugs
- you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood (even if they haven’t affected your driving)
The police can make you do a ‘field impairment assessment’ and use a roadside drug kit to screen for cannabis and cocaine. If they think you are unfit to drive because of taking drugs, you’ll be arrested and will have to take a blood or urine test at a police station. You could be charged with a crime if the test shows you have taken drugs.
Visit the government website for more information on the UK Drug Driving law.
The Alere DDS2 is available in a range of languages and is currently being used or evaluated by police forces in a number of countries including Australia, United States, Canada, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.