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Firms to carry out drug tests on drivers 

Employers are to be made responsible for drink and drug testing staff who drive for them under tough new laws being drawn up. Officials say the legislation is primarily aimed at larger transport companies carrying passengers or using heavy goods lorries, but they have admitted they are also exploring how it might apply to small firms and single vehicle operators. The plan — driven by Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann —has come under fire from members of the Oireachtas Transport Committee, who are... read more
Thursday, May 07, 2015 11:09:00 AM

Ireland to consider decriminalising marijuana 

  Ireland this week appointed a new Minister of State with Responsibility for Drug Strategy, and his first task will be to examine whether drug laws need to be relaxed. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin will raise the issue in the Dáil as the current National Drugs Strategy expires next year. "I believe someone who has an addiction issue should be dealt with through the health system and not the criminal justice system," echoing the sentiments of Barack Obama. "I think people –... read more
Friday, April 24, 2015 9:34:00 AM

Roadside drug test devices to be introduced this year 

Devices will test drivers’ saliva for range of drugs, says Minister Paschal Donohoe New roadside devices that can test a driver’s saliva for the presence of drugs will be introduced this year, according to Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. The measure is part of an increased enforcement regime the Minister wants to see in 2015. Mr Donohoe said he is unhappy with the current level of road safety enforcement and wants to see it increase in the next 12 to 18 months. “Enforcement, and the... read more
Wednesday, January 07, 2015 11:18:00 AM

The breathalyser for CANNABIS 

Scientists develop device to detect high drivers - and could be tested out in spring 2015 Driving under the influence of drugs is illegal, but until now police officers have had to wait for blood tests to confirm whether a driver is high, which can take up to 24 hours. Now, scientists have developed a cannabis-detecting breathalyser that generates results almost immediately. Researchers at Washington State University came up with the handheld breathalyser to detect THC, the psychoactive... read more
Thursday, December 04, 2014 1:16:00 PM

Drink drivers to be tested for drug use in West Midlands clampdown 

Suspected drink drivers in the West Midlands could also be tested for drug abuse during the festive season. West Midlands Police officers will be using new drug testing kits when suspected drink-drivers are pulled over in a bid to reduce road deaths. The new equipment gives an indication of whether cannabis has been used by motorists and is the first step in reducing accidents linked to drug use. Insp Greg Jennings, who heads up the West Midlands Police anti-drink-drive festive campaign,... read more
Thursday, December 04, 2014 1:14:00 PM

Swansea close to top of list of worst drink and drug driving postcodes in Britain 

SWANSEA is fourth on a list of drink or drug driving hot-spots in the UK. Amazingly, Llandrindod Wells in mid-Wales comes top of the list, followed by Blackpool in second and Crewe in 3rd. Cardiff comes in at 6th. The list has been produced by which looked at data from 11 million car insurance quotes from postcodes across Britain, and compared the number of convictions in each area. Click here to read more  read more
Monday, December 01, 2014 3:34:00 PM

Drunk and Drugged Driving December, Impaired Driving Prevention Month 

December marks that perfect time of year when everything but the weather is winding down, a time of holidays, family, friends, food, and celebration. It’s a month that closes out the year, only to help usher in what promises to be an exciting new year ahead. It’s a month of joy, bonding, and laughter. Yet may it also be a month of reflection and a month of action, as December is, by Presidential proclamation, National Impaired Driving Prevention month. By getting educated, exercising... read more
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Pilot of private plane escorted off the jet and arrested for 'flying while drunk' after landing at airport 

A pilot of a private plane was arrested over concerns about the amount of alcohol in his blood yesterday - just two days after another similar incident. Ian Jennings, 47, from Gosport, Hampshire, was arrested at Norwich Airport yesterday afternoon after landing a commercial chartered plane. He has been charged with performing an aviation function when the alcohol in his breath was over the prescribed limited, Norfolk Police said. Read more here read more
Friday, October 31, 2014 1:01:00 PM

'Drunk' Flybe pilot arrested before flight 

A Flybe pilot was removed from a plane and arrested on suspicion of being over the drink-drive limit just before he was due to fly. The pilot was due to fly from Newquay Airport in Cornwall to London Gatwick on Wednesday morning before he was removed for a breath test. A police source told the BBC that officers were alerted after a fellow crew member became concerned. A police spokesman confirmed a 48-year-old man was arrested. Read more here  read more
Thursday, October 30, 2014 9:23:00 AM

The terrible truth about cannabis  

The terrible truth about cannabis: Expert's devastating 20-year study finally demolishes claims that smoking pot is harmless One in six teenagers who regularly smoke the drug become dependent It doubles risk of developing psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia  Heavy use in adolescence appears to impair intellectual development Driving after smoking cannabis doubles risk of having a car crash  Study's author said: 'If cannabis is not addictive then neither is heroin'  Click here ... read more
Monday, October 13, 2014 4:05:00 PM
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