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Gardai are going to carry out drug and alcohol tests on drivers as part of Road Safety plan




Beginning from 7am on Thursday, drivers will be subject to drug and alcohol testing at Garda checkpoints around the nation, reports RTE.

It is a component of An Garda Síochana’s Road Safety strategy and is implemented one day before drivers involved in major incidents are required to submit to a drug test.

There will be mandatory intoxicant testing checkpoints from tomorrow am until Tuesday morning. Gardaí will test drivers for the presence of drugs or alcohol, reports RTE.

It coincides with the implementation on Friday of a new clause in the Road Traffic Act that will require drug testing of any motorist involved in a major collision.

Drug driving has been characterised as “reckless” by Jack Chambers, Minister of State at the Department of Transportation.

Currently, the only required testing for anyone engaged in these types of accidents is alcohol testing, reports RTE.

In the past, gardaí were able to test for narcotics on their own discretion.

Due to a loophole in earlier laws that allowed suspects to flee the scene before the results of the drug test, this new clause also permits gardaí to hold someone for 30 minutes while they wait for the results, reports RTE.

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