On the spot test for drug drivers
August 03, 2007
POLICE are planning a crackdown on drug-driving that will involve a “field impairment test”.
The test will include asking the individual to stand on one leg, walk in a straight line and to place a finger accurately on their nose.
Senior officers say drug-driving is a growing problem and can be as dangerous as driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Joe McKenzie went out to Bracknell town centre and asked shoppers what they thought of the campaign.
Richard Clacy, 73, from Bullbrook, said: “Drug-drivers should be punished as much as possible. Not only are they a danger to themselves, they are also in danger of hurting their family and people around them.”
Julie Clacy, 70, from Bullbrook, said: “I feel that the field impairment test is a good thing to have introduced so then the drug-drivers will be prosecuted if found out.
“I think that youths are mainly are to blame for drug-driving.
“If the drugs used are prescribed then the driver should be wary of the effects whilst driving.”
Ray Newman, 70, from Bracknell said: “ I think that the field impairment test is a good idea. If they refuse to take the test, then they should definitely be arrested just like the drink-driving law.”
Emma Taylor, 24, a Bentalls employee from Yateley, said: “The test would be a good thing because driving under the influence of drugs can be very dangerous.
“It’s quite an over-looked subject compared to drink-driving but still is equally as dangerous.”
Bryan Keight, 71, from Ascot, said: “Drink-drivers and drug-drivers should be made to do the same sort of test.
“It’s immensely important that they are stopped and tested before they hurt themselves and others.
“I feel that the police should be given more powers to deal with the drug-drivers.”
Ian and Sue Adams, from Bracknell, said: “It’s very important to stop people from taking drugs and driving but the problem is the drug users don’t care.
“The police should be given extra powers to be able to do something about the problem.
“The police should be allowed to do random checks on drivers they suspect of being under the influence of drugs and they should be able to enforce a blood test.”