Road Side Drug Testing in Scotland will commence in October 2019, 4 years after it was introduced in England and Wales
Added on 18/04/2016 SCID has been campaigning for many years with bereaved families for road side drug testing kits to be introduced in Scotland. It is against the law to drive under the influence of illegal drugs, or if you have certain drugs above a specified level in your blood. Unlike the rest of the UK the only tool police officers have in Scotland to detect drug drivers, is the inadequate field impairment test.
The UK Crime and Courts Bill was introduced to the House of Lords on 10 May 2012. The Bill proposed a number of changes to the law in relation to criminal justice, the courts system, drug driving and immigration, many of which have application in relation to Scotland.
New legislation was introduced in March 2015 which allowed police officers in England & Wales to carry out roadside drug testing. There has been a four-fold increase in the number of motorists in England and Wales charged with driving under the influence of drugs since the law was introduced in March 2015, while the successful conviction rate has nearly doubled from 52 per cent in 2012 to 95 per cent now.
In the one month long 2015 Christmas campaign, officers in England & Wales used 1,888 drug screening devices during December with 931 showing positive results for drugs - or almost 50 per cent. A spokesperson for the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) said More