Drugs test for motorists comes closer

Transport minister Camiel Eurlings is to press ahead with plans to introduce random drugs testing for motorists, news agency ANP reports on Wednesday.

The spot checks can be made using saliva, with follow-up blood and urine tests if necessary. A three-month trial using a small machine which can measure most drugs was completed last year.
Eurlings is also trying to establish ‘maximum levels’ of drugs which could be permitted in drivers’ systems. But if no safe maximum level can be established, he will go for zero tolerance, ANP said.
Police chiefs have already called for a total ban on driving under the influence of drugs. Some 10% of car accidents are thought to involve drugs, mainly cannabis.
Eurlings plans to submit draft legislation on the ban to parliament by the middle of next year.

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