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Post by falkor » Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:20 am

The report proposes following Norway, where all motorists involved in a crash are routinely subjected to a blood test for drugs as well as alcohol.Ray Massey 7Mar13
It sets out, drug by drug, including cannabis, cocaine, amphetamine, and Ecstasy, the level in a driver’s system that will create ‘a risk of serious or fatal injury when driving under the influence’.

The proposed threshold for cocaine is 5 micrograms (mcg) per litre of blood. For amphetamine it is 600mcg per litre of blood, 300mcg for ecstasy and 5mcg for THC, the active ingredient of cannabis.

A microgram is a millionth of a gram. In each case, the limit is lower when mixed with alcohol.

Significantly it paves the way for new roadside drug-tests, arrests and prosecutions to be introduced next year.

The roadside test will use use newly developed ‘drugalysers’ which will measure whether the drug limits have been exceeded.

Drug-drive thresholds have been set ‘at a level above which driving is considered dangerous and the risk of having a road traffic accident is significant.’
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It also sets out combined drug-and-drink drive limits for motorists who currently take a ‘cocktail’ of drugs mixed with levels of alcohol below the drink-drive limit to get a ’high’ while evading prosecution.

Stephen Hammond said drivers who take prescribed drugs legitimately will not be penalised

This measures the amount of each individual drug in a driver’s system that should lead to prosecution if used in conjunction with a small amount of alcohol – a quarter of the amount that would constitute a drink-driving prosecution. The current drink-drive limit is 80 mg of alcohol in every 100ml of blood

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Re: all motorists involved in a crash to provide blood

Post by Arthur ASCII » Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:53 am

Any Type 2 Diabetics out there should also note that the ruled on medication have changed.

Drivers using Gliclazide medicines need to be able to produce three months of blood sugar level records if they are involved in an accident.
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Post by Marlon » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:23 am

Some changes to PACE required then?

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Post by Bert Moffat » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:10 pm

Why?

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Post by averagejoe90 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:35 am

I don’t like needles :slwo:
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Post by Marlon » Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:48 pm

Bert Moffat wrote:Why?


It depends how the drug-alyser works at the roadside, but from the article it appears there's an emphasis on emulating Norway, with blood samples being routinely taken after every collision.

PACE1984, RTA1988 and RTOA1988 all require consent before a blood sample can be taken; if drivers can just say "no" then I can't see the point of developing and rolling out the equipment. The alternative would be to penalise people for a refusal, which might appear draconian to some.

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Post by Bert Moffat » Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:39 pm

Marlon wrote:The alternative would be to penalise people for a refusal, which might appear draconian to some.
But we already do that when we arrest someone for refusing to provide a sample of breath for a roadside test don't we.

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Post by Marlon » Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:50 pm

Bert Moffat wrote:
Marlon wrote:The alternative would be to penalise people for a refusal, which might appear draconian to some.
But we already do that when we arrest someone for refusing to provide a sample of breath for a roadside test don't we.


True, but that's not an intimate sample which - in the case of blood anyway - has to be taken by doctor.

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