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We took to the streets of Dublin with a Garda roadside drug testing kit

The Gardaí are now testing for drugs at the roadside, but how prepared are Irish people?

Image: Journal Media Studio/YouTube
Source: Journal Media Studio/YouTube

WHICH DRUGS ARE Gardaí testing drivers for at the roadside? What are the consequences if you’re caught out? And most importantly, what effect can certain drugs can have on your ability to drive safely?

In Ireland, it’s estimated that drug driving is responsible for one in ten fatal road accidents. Earlier this year, Gardaí began testing drivers for cannabis, cocaine, opiates and benzodiazepines at the roadside, using technology that can reveal within minutes if a driver has the drugs in their system.

But how much do Irish people really know about drug driving, and about the roadside tests?

We took to the streets of Dublin with a Dräger DrugTest 5000 – and a willing Garda – to find out how informed Irish people really are.

Watch the video above to find out how our participants fared.

Penalties upon conviction for drug driving include driving disqualification for a minimum of one year, a fine of up to €5,000, and up to six months in prison. The Gardaí are able to test drivers for drugs at the roadside using the Dräger Drug Test 5000. Stay safe, or face the consequences.

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