Drugs tests for drivers

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Drugs tests for drivers

MOTORISTS will be subjected to roadside drugs testing for the first time today as police start trials of new detection devices.

Four police forces are carrying out pilot schemes following figures last month that showed one in five drivers killed in accidents is under the influence of illicit drugs. Drivers will be asked to take part voluntarily, and no prosecutions will result. The device being tested is an impregnated swab wiped across the forehead that can show the nature of any drugs taken.