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[RTE News] Donohoe proposes stronger laws on drug driving. (15 Dec 2015)

External website: http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/1215/753569-driving/

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe wants to create a new offence of driving with the presence of cannabis, heroin or cocaine in the blood.

The measure will be one of dozens of items to be discussed at Cabinet today.

At the moment, motorists who use drugs can be prosecuted only if their driving is impaired.

The legislation being brought to Cabinet would allow gardaí to test the saliva of motorists at the side of the road, and positive indications will be followed up by blood test to confirm the presence of drugs.

The new offence would carry a €5,000 fine or six months in prison.

Item Type
Publication Type
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Intervention Type
Harm reduction, Crime prevention, Policy
15 December 2015

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