Published: 18/04/2017 14:26 - Updated: 18/04/2017 14:35

Ross calls for roadside drug testing equipment



An MSP is calling for Scotland’s police to be equipped with roadside detectors for drugs

Statistics show the number of people on drugs dying at the wheel now matches the number of fatalities testing positive for alcohol.

Douglas Ross, who is the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice, said: "The evidence is clear – drug driving is just as dangerous as drink driving.

Yet in Scotland, the government has simply failed to respond to this menace on our roads.

"We need immediate action now to bring a halt to the growing number of deaths and injuries.

"That means improved legislation to tackle driving under the influence of all dangerous substances, and a zero tolerance approach to anyone foolish enough to drive having taken drugs."

The Highlands and Islands MSP added: "Elsewhere in the UK the police also have access to roadside testing kits, which can identify the presence of drugs, but these are not available in Scotland.

"We must also give our police the resources and equipment to put this into practice.

"Quite simply, Scotland has lagged behind other parts of the UK in failing to tackle this issue.

"Families are even calling on the Scottish Government to act, but so far their pleas have fallen on deaf ears."

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