King’s Lynn police launch drug driving test kits

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A new device which detects cannabis in drivers is in use in West Norfolk as police crackdown on drink and drug driving this summer.

Lynn police investigation centre is one of four in Norfolk where drivers suspected of taking cannabis are now being tested using this technology for the first time.

Norfolk is among 12 forces nationally using the equipment, which analyse mouth swabs for traces of cannabis.

A month-long summer campaign will be taking place during the World Cup.

Officers carry out a field impairment test at the roadside to check if a driver is under the influence of drugs, involving exercises, such as walking heel-to-toe in a straight line. Drivers’ eyes are also checked as drugs affect pupil size.

Chief Insp Chris Spinks, head of Norfolk roads policing unit, said: “These kits will make it easier for officers to test for cannabis and hopefully act as a deterrent to those considering getting behind the wheel after the drug.”

the equipment would help simplify the process of securing evidence for drug driving prosecutions.

He said: “People who drive after taking drugs are quite literally dicing with death and using this equipment shows our commitment to tackling drug driving and making our roads safer.

“Driving under the influence of drink or drugs impairs your judgement making your reactions slower and therefore putting lives at risk.