Can the police spot a drug driver?
The police are on the look out now more than ever and aside from just the erratic driving behaviour, know all the signs to spot a drug driver.
Even if someone is pulled over for a reason such as a broken rear light, the police have every right to assess their capability to drive and if required, may make them undergo a Field Impairment Assessment.
"People need to be aware that police officers are easily able to recognise and identify the signs of drug impairment in drivers. If an officer stops a motor vehicle they will take into account the way it is being driven, and the appearance and behaviour of the driver will be examined for the obvious tell tale signs of drug use.
Police officers are routinely identifying drug use in their day to day contact with the motoring public and when investigating serious and fatal collisions. Drug driving is as unacceptable as drink driving. Isn't it time we all start to think this way?"
PC Andy Taylor, Roads Policing Impaired Driver Team, Cheshire Police
Many drug drivers do not even realise they are impaired – watch this clip and see for yourself
Transcript for the impaired driving clip (.doc, 21KB)