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Police to begin using roadside drug tests

Police forces across the UK have been given approval to use mobile drug-testing kits following it’s approval by the government.

The new mobile testing kits will be used to crackdown on drug driving.

The device which is named ‘drugwipe’ is able to detect the presences of Cannabis and. Cocaine which are the most commonly used drugs by drivers.

The device simply analyses a small amount of saliva which then indicates if the driver is under the influence of drugs.

If the device provides a positive reading drivers will be taken into police custody to provide a sample of blood which will then be used in prosecution.

The government approval will be backed by a new drug offence which will include a 12 months disqualification, a fine up to £5,000 and up to six months in prison or both.

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