County Monaghan Dáil Deputy Sean Conlan has said that the introduction of roadside drug testing will help to save lives.
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, has confirmed that the measures will be introduced to strengthen the powers of Gardai to detect motorists driving under the influence of drugs. New legislation is currently being drafted and Minister Varadkar hopes to introduce the measure in the New Year.
In welcoming the move, Deputy Conlan said: “These latest measures being introduced by Minister Varadker will save lives. If someone has used drugs the result is that it affects concentration and inhibits a driver’s capability behind the wheel. It is already an offence to drive under the influence of drugs but these new roadside tests will help Gardaí to detect drug driving and to clamp down on motorists whose driving is impaired as a result of drug use.”
Gardai have already been trained in the new procedures by the Medical Bureau of Road Safety and any driver who fails the roadside impairment test, or who appears to be under the influence of drugs, will be arrested and brought to a Garda Station.