By Kim O'Leary
Naas Gardaí yesterday arrested a motorist for testing positive for cocaine, with a prosecution expected to follow for the driver.
The driver was pulled in by the Naas Roads Policing Unit as they were conducting speed checkpoints, and it was discovered that the motorist tested positive for cocaine.
According to gardai, the motorist was arrested at the scene with prosecution to follow for the offence of driving while under the influence of drugs.
On 13 April 2017, the drug driving provisions of the Road Traffic Act 2016 came into effect. These give Gardaí the power to conduct preliminary drug tests at the roadside or in Garda stations.
Drug testing devices test saliva for cannabis, cocaine, opiates (for example, heroin and morphine) and benzodiazepines (for example, valium). It is an offence to refuse to provide a saliva sample. Gardai may also carry out an impairment test.
It is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs (including prescription drugs) if your driving is impaired to such an extent that you don’t have proper control of the vehicle.
For certain drugs – cannabis, cocaine and heroin – it is illegal to drive if you are over the specified limit, even if your driving is not impaired.
A minimum of one year disqualification from driving is the penalty for being caught driving while under the influence of drugs.
Naas Roads Policing Unit conducting speed checkpoints stop motorist who tested positive for cocaine. Arrested and prosecution to follow pic.twitter.com/cN0hXH4Z1g
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