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High percentage of positive drug driving tests positive

Wednesday March 2 2016


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FIFTY SEVEN PER CENT of roadside drugs tests in the last year have produced positive results for cannabis or cocaine, South Yorkshire Police have revealed. 

Twelve months since additional legislation to tackle drug driving was introduced across the country, police have launched a campaign, funded by South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of drug driving.

Chief Inspector Glen Suttenwood, Head of Roads Policing for South Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “In the last year since the new law came into effect, officers have conducted 525 roadside drug tests on drivers in South Yorkshire, with 57% producing positive results for cannabis or cocaine, or in 22 of the cases, both.

“Our aim with the campaign is for drivers to understand the implications of driving under the influence of drugs and to raise awareness that drug driving now carries exactly the same penalties and consequences of drink-driving: banned for a minimum of a year, a criminal record, a fine and potentially up to six months in prison.”

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Reply Posted by Tom on Wednesday March 2 2016 at 19:43
You'd expect a large amount of people to test positive for cannabis even though the effects have long worn off. The cannabis tests are flawed and should be redesigned to test for metabolites consistent with very recent use, rather than use within the past month.

You wouldn't be charged for drink driving, if you had had a drink a fortnight previously, why should a person who has used cannabis be be punished for driving when sober due to a flawed test?

Reply Posted by Tomisawankbag on Thursday March 3 2016 at 12:15
Alcohol isn't illegal. Cannabis is.

Reply Posted by Tom on Thursday March 3 2016 at 13:35
A bit childish to change your name to something derogatory, but nevermind.

Cannabis can be illegal to possess and sell, but only if the THC content is above a certain threshold. It is legal to consume cannabis, and some people receive it legally under prescription and have done for many years. Also some strains are legal due to the lack of THC content.

Regardless of the legality of cannabis, the laws on drug driving are supposed to be there to deal with people driving under the influence of drugs, and the test for cannabis does not determine whether a person is driving under the influence of cannabis, the test can only confirm if it has been consumed within the past month. This is problematic as the test is clearly flawed.

You also have to question the law when tests have shown cannabis has no negative affect upon driving ability, it has in fact been shown to make people safer drivers by some research into it's affects upon driving.

We really need the law to be based upon scientific evidence, and for there to be research carried out to determine what drugs have a negative affect upon driving and should be banned for drivers.
We also need there to be an improvement in drug tests to make sure they can determine whether or not a person is under the influence, the tests must be accurate.

Due to the inaccuracy of the tests there shall no doubt be cases in court where convictions are overturned due to the failures of the tests to determine whether or not a person is under the influence. Policing drivers using inaccurate tests does nobody any favours and will in due course be shown to be a waste of time and money.

Reply Posted by ???? on Wednesday March 2 2016 at 20:39
Surprised figure was so low