• 38
According to the UK Telegraph, Britain's government is no longer willing to let those who have illegal drugs in their system slip through any more checkpoints. It has let the Department of Transportation know that it is looking at creating a new law that would ensnare anyone with illegal drugs in their systems, as well as those whose driving is impaired by using legal, medicinal drugs such as sleeping pills.

A British company makes a "drugalyzer" that can detect amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, cannabis and methadone in a saliva sample. That machine is already in use in police stations, but a field unit would need to be approved by Britain's Home Office.

Right now, those thought to be driving on drugs are given the same walk-the-line field used for perceived drunk drivers for decades before the Breathalyzer came along. Countries like Romania, Australia, and Italy already perform mobile drug testing. If enacted in Britain, the bill would likely help the authorities reign in the suspected 23% of drivers and 21% of riders in accidents who have "impairing" drugs in their systems.

[Source: The UK Telegraph]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 38 Comments
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is BS i get high and drive all the time and like the first comments i do drive slower and safer. there just doing this for the revenue.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone that thinks they drive better stoned is out of the friggin mind, in fact they are probably only saying it because they are high right now.
      For god sake, some stoners are driving and they forget where they are or where they are going.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whats with the photo? The front of the focus behind the girl looks like it is way larger and closer than the rest of the car?!
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL it does.

        Maybe the author needs a desk side drug test for his editing?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The picture is the drug test. If you don't see the issue, you are high.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It looks like it's an extreme-wide-angle shot and the car is parked at an angle such that the nose is closer to the camera than the tail so it's weirdly warped by the camera. It looks doubly strange because it seems discontinuous where the police officer blocks your view of the aberration.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The only reason people smoking pot while driver are more cautious is because they don't want to get pulled over and busted. Admit it, that's why. You guys are just trying to justify your behavior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All the jokes about blowing into tubes and swabbing mouths would get me banned...oops, I might have said too much.


      • 6 Years Ago
      I was being sarcastic, no need to worry
      • 6 Years Ago
      What happened to the concept of privacy? If I choose to consume copious amounts of potent illegal narcotics, and then go drive around with my eyes closed, thats my own damn business. You'll NEVER catch me you dirty pigs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, it isn't.

        Even a libertarian would say that the minute you do that, and hit someone else, you are liable. BIG TIME.

        Most libertarians would say you could do it, but if you injure or kill someone, you suffer the same fate. If you destroy property, yours is forfeit up to a comparable value, or higher.

        Get yourself a clue, and some responsibility, man!
        • 6 Years Ago
        My sarcasm meter just overloaded.
      • 6 Years Ago
      http://cannabisculture.com/articles/4131.html

      Sad thing is people who are high and driving around tend to be safer drivers than sober people. Taking fewer risks, driving slower, in less accidents.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Tomac brings up a valid point. I consider myself a good driver. I can only imagine some of the crappy drivers out there being even further influenced by drugs. I guess that is what makes driving the more exciting. You never know when you will have to swerve out of the way of another car. After crazy maneuvering I always feel like a race car driver. Good times...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dont know if someone has already posted this already but..
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3zou4F00Ic
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry, industry professionals would hardly consider anything published by groups with names like "cannabis culture" as relevant or credible no matter what government data they claim supports their position.

        If you want real research data, try FARS or NASS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        John: If you work in vehicle safety you should read the link I posted, where the UK government does the testing and finds stoners are drive more safely.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For the record, I don't do this. I've just seen a lot of studies that say the same thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hasn't it been said that getting all blowed out on coke makes you a better driver too? Didn't a Ferrari driver get booted or something because he was railin' up fat lines before he hopped behind the wheel on the track?
        • 6 Years Ago
        My friend, I'm sure you think you are really clever and can teach me something about automotive safety, a field I've been working in for the past 20 years. My experience tells me it's "highly" unlikely (like the pun?).

        Now please go back to class and leave the posting to us grown-ups.


        • 6 Years Ago
        As someone who works in vehicle safety, you couldn't be more wrong....
        • 6 Years Ago
        John: For a straight edge guy maybe you should learn to read. You know, and look at the actual sources. The link I provided provided a few bits of information, NOT paid for by anything related to pot. Studies have been done by the UK government, Austrialia, and even our own National Highway Traffic and Safety administration. Since you are apparently too lazy (stoner) to find the actual sources, here you go:

        http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/general/mjdrive.htm

        http://bbsnews.net/article.php/20071001105829361

        Many others too. I believe even Autoblog ran a story on it a few years ago. But go ahead, keep shoving your head in the sand and believing pot is the devil because some newspaper baron said it was back in the 1930s.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rob, if you're refering to being high on marijuana and being safer, then I'd have to more or less agree with you based on what I've witnessed through friends. But, if it's other drugs such as cocaine or amphetamines then I wouldn't be so sure about based on the lack of personal experience with them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For the record *if* i smoked pot, i would not be going anywhere. I get delivery, and have a nice case of Yuengling in the fridge. Jethro Tull is in the hi-fi and my lazy-boy becomes my drivers seat.

        ... *IF* i got high, mind you
        • 6 Years Ago
        This, IMO, is a good thing. I disagree that "high" drivers are safer than sober ones. Perhaps an "influenced" smart driver may be safer than sober idiot, but given the same individual, I'd prefer he/she be sober than high if I were the passenger. Poor judgment is poor judgment, period. Drugs cannot improve decision making and reaction time, it can only hurt it. I could care less if you smoke weed in the privacy of your own home, but please don't get behind the wheel.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Estimated deaths in year 2000 attributed to TOBACO: 400,000 ; ALCOHOL: 110,000 ; PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: 100,000 ; SUICIDE: 30,000 ; MURDER: 15,000 ; OVER-THE-COUNTER PAINKILLERS: 7,600 ; MARIJUANA: 0.

        http://www.iamm.com/driving-study.htm

        Seriously. Just google marijuana and driving. All sorts of links pop up, that say that stoners drive slower and more cautiously than sober people, leading to fewer accidents. But hey, I guess we have so many pro american republicans who think Obama is a dictator in here that I'll just get voted down to a half a star anyway. Whatever. Those who are in the know, know where the party is at.

        Peace
      • 6 Years Ago
      i would sentence all junkies to 25 years of forced labour , that would solve the economic crisis :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      The thing is: These tests don't measure inebriation. The remnants of marijuana use stay in the blood stream for 14 to 30 days. So even if you had a vacation in Amsterdam you can now be DUIed two weeks later in London? Dumb.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "A British company makes a "drugalyzer" that can detect amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, cannabis and methadone in a saliva sample."

        Nope, not breath related. Fluids via saliva. At least it is less invasive than urine / blood. Still, with THC is has a window of 3+ days for the average person. Even longer if you have lost weight / burned fat because THC gets stored in fat.

        So once again - this has far too wide of a dragnet to fall specifically under the heading of vehicular safety. Hence a person can still partcipate in legal activities in one country and be DUIed in another days later. So I still think it is dumb. (But operating any vehicle while tired or inebriated is also dumb and dangerous.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        It looks like it's breath related, not blood or urine related.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @Derek, best comment so far. You can drive better sober you just don't.

      For the record I drive all of time and I smoke all of the time - really don't do the 2 together any more because I live in downtown chicago. I have never had a driving stoned accident...but if the brake pedal doesn't have any play in it - I may give a passenger whiplash. I am a right foot braker and when reeeeeally high, the first couple uses of the brakes can feel like I am trying to use my left to brake...no finesse...just stopping really really quickly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Drug testing any where is WRONG!
    • Load More Comments