Dutch drivers to be tested for drug use

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A new saliva test will allow police to detect almost right away whether drivers have been using drugs.

27 October 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Police in the Netherlands are beginning a three-month trial of a test designed to find out whether drivers are under the influence of drugs.

During those three months, police will be able to administer a saliva test that will show, within three minutes, whether the driver has been using drugs, and the kind of drugs they have consumed.

Until now, police wanting to detect drug use have only been able to do so by way of a blood sample, which then has to be sent for testing. Such users were rarely caught.

It has been estimated that drugs are responsible for 80 deaths on Dutch roads per year.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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