The ‘Drugalyser’ will test for THC which is the active ingredient in cannabis.
The device will be used in police stations, so there won’t be a need for a doctor to be at hand to take a blood sample – previously the only way the police could determine if a driver was under the influence of weed.
Getting a doctor in is kind of a long thing as the drugs could have left the suspect’s system by the time the doctor gets there and blood is taken.
The new Drugalyser will eradicate that potential loophole in the system.
Department for Transport statistics for 2011 show at least 640 accidents – including 49 deaths – were caused by driving under the influence of drugs, including both illegal and medicinal substances.
Policing and criminal justice minister Damian Green said on drug-driving:
Those who take drugs and go out on the roads are a menace to pedestrians, other motorists and themselves.
Results from a Drugalyser will be taken as further evidence as a blood sample is still required for prosecution at this stage.
If caught you could face up to six months in jail and a maximum £5,000 fine – as well as an automatic driving ban of at least 12 months, similar to the penalties for drink-driving.
So if you want to smoke it up while driving, I suggest you blaze up in your house with Grand Theft Auto from now on.