Drugalyser kits to be unveiled

Drugalyser kits to be unveiled

New "drugalyser" kits are set to be utilised by police in the Christmas and New Year drug-driving crackdown after their use was approved by officials.

Currently, motorists suspected of being under the influence of drugs have to be arrested. They are then taken to a police station to undergo blood testing under medical supervision.

The new drug-testing kits will allow police officers to check for illegal narcotics and legal highs by analysing saliva samples straight away by the roadside.

According to a report in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, motorists who have been impaired in their driving ability as a result of strong painkillers, sleeping pills and drugs used to treat anxiety will also be caught out by the new kits.

Policing minister Mike Penning praised the move and said that the new "drugalyser" kit will help address an issue that has "plagued society".

Mr Penning said that drug-driving is an "abhorrent" thing to do and that the Government is determined to drive it off the road.

Copyright Press Association 2014