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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Cumbria police using new test to catch drug-drivers

Police are to use a new saliva test to check for drug-driving as a campaign to keep the roads safe at Christmas continues.

Police sergeant Graeme Hodgson photo
Sgt Graeme Hodgson

A sample will be taken to check for illicit substances and the force says it should indicate if a further blood sample is needed.

Officers revealed the tactic as they continued their annual drink and drug driving campaign, which got underway yesterday.

Officers say they will be “stepping up their visibility” around the county’s pubs and speaking to customers.

The crackdown will also feature the usual stop-checks across Cumbria.

A force spokeswoman said the new device will indicate the presence of illicit drugs in a driver’s body.

She added: “This is used to accurately indicate when blood samples are required and provides a clear indication to the courts that drugs were present should the driver refuse to consent to provide a blood sample.”

Sergeant Graeme Hodgson said: “People who drive while under the influence of alcohol and drugs are risking their own and other people’s lives. We dedicate resources to this campaign each year and aim to catch anyone who drives when under the influence.”

Notices warning against driving while under the influence are being printed on posters, beer mats and pumps across the county.


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