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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written Answers 563, 564, 565, 566 - Garda reports [47071/17, 47072/17, 47074/17] [Drug driving]. (07 Nov 2017)

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563. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 888 of 20 June 2017 and 550 of 26 July 2017, if the report from An Garda Síochána is now available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47071/17]

 

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Garda authority's that training in respect of the use of oral fluid testing is ongoing and that 1,856 members of An Garda Síochána nationwide have received training. 

 

I am further informed that the oral fluid test is only one of the options open to members of An Garda Síochána in respect of the detection of drug driving offences. Members of An Garda Síochána may form the opinion that a driver is under the influence of an intoxicant from their observation of the persons driving or the behaviour and appearance of the person when stopped.

 

In addition, the power to conduct an Impairment Test is provided under section 11, Road Traffic Act, 2010, as amended, which permit members of An Garda Síochána to require a driver to perform a number of tests in order for the member to establish if the driver is committing an offence. These provisions have been further extended by the Road Traffic Act, 2016 which permits members of An Garda Síochána to perform an impairment test following arrest in respect of certain road traffic offences. 2,067 members of An Garda Síochána nationwide have received training in conducting Impairment Testing.

 

I have requested again a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to "the training for the new MIT tests that has been carried out in each Garda division; if members in all divisions have been so trained to report on the quality measures that will be undertaken to ensure that statistics recorded by An Garda Síochána for MITs will be recorded correctly and accurately from first introduction", and I can assure the Deputy that I will be in contact directly on receipt of a Garda report.

 

 

 

564. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 794 of 20 June 2017 and 551 of 26 July 2017, if the report is now available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47072/17]

 

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Garda authorities that training in respect of the use of oral fluid testing is ongoing and that 1,856 members of An Garda Síochána nationwide have received training.

 

I am further informed that the oral fluid test is only one of the options open to members of An Garda Síochána in respect of the detection of drug driving offences. Members of An Garda Síochána may form the opinion that a driver is under the influence of an intoxicant from their observation of the persons driving or the behaviour and appearance of the person when stopped.

 

In addition, the power to conduct an Impairment Test is provided under section 11, Road Traffic Act, 2010, as amended, which permit members of An Garda Síochána to require a driver to perform a number of tests in order for the member to establish if the driver is committing an offence. These provisions have been further extended by the Road Traffic Act, 2016 which permits members of An Garda Síochána to perform an impairment test following arrest in respect of certain road traffic offences. 2,067 members of An Garda Síochána nationwide have received training in conducting Impairment Testing.

 

I have requested again a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to "the number of Gardaí in the Dublin region that have been trained in use of a device (Dräger 5000 for preliminary roadside drug testing) and are currently carrying out such tests", and I can assure the Deputy that I will be in contact directly on receipt of a Garda report.

 

 

565. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 795 of 20 June 2017 and 552 of 26 July 2017, if the report is now available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47073/17]

 

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Garda authorities that training in respect of the use of oral fluid testing is ongoing and that 1,856 members of An Garda Síochána nationwide have received training. 

 

I am further informed that the oral fluid test is only one of the options open to members of An Garda Síochána in respect of the detection of drug driving offences. Members of An Garda Síochána may form the opinion that a driver is under the influence of an intoxicant from their observation of the persons driving or the behaviour and appearance of the person when stopped.

 

In addition, the power to conduct an Impairment Test is provided under section 11, Road Traffic Act, 2010, as amended, which permit members of An Garda Síochána to require a driver to perform a number of tests in order for the member to establish if the driver is committing an offence. These provisions have been further extended by the Road Traffic Act, 2016 which permits members of An Garda Síochána to perform an impairment test following arrest in respect of certain road traffic offences. 2,067 members of An Garda Síochána nationwide have received training in conducting Impairment Testing.

 

I have requested again a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to "the number of Gardaí in each district that have been trained in use of a device (Dräger 5000 for preliminary roadside drug testing) and are currently carrying out such tests", and I can assure the Deputy that I will be in contact directly on receipt of a Garda report. 

 

 

566. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 796 of 20 June 2017 and 553 of 26 July 2017, if the report is now available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47074/17]

 

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have requested again a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to "the number of roadside drug tests carried out by county, by week to date in 2017; the number of drug tests carried out in Garda stations, by county, by week to date in 2017; the number of positives by county; the number that have progressed to blood test following a positive sample", and I can assure the Deputy that I will be in contact directly on receipt of a Garda report.

Item Type
Dail Debates
Publication Type
Irish-related
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Intervention Type
Crime prevention, Policy
Date
7 November 2017
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