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Call for ‘dope driving’ tests

Published on 03/01/2005

3 January 2005

BRUSSELS – The governor of Belgium’s Antwerp province has called on researchers to develop a new range of on the spot tests to be used to detect whether drivers have been taking drugs.

Private broadcaster RTL reported on Sunday that the governor has asked experts at Antwerp university to develop a new generation of simpler drug tests as the current ones are too complicated.

The governor is concerned that while cases of drunk driving appear to be falling, the number of people using their cars while under the influence of drugs is on the rise.

But, says RTL, he is concerned that police are not testing enough suspect drivers as current detection methods involve lengthy procedures such as taking blood samples that must be analysed in laboratories.

The researchers are set to report on their progress later this month.

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Subject: Belgian news