Driver Arrested On Suspicion Of Drug Driving On M8


Tipperary Roads Policing Unit have arrested a driver on suspicion of drug driving.

The unit was carrying out a speed enforcement checkpoint at the time and detected the vehicle travelling at 147km/h on the M8 near Thurles.

The driver was subsequently arrested on suspicion of Drug Driving after failing a DrugWipe test for Cocaine & Cannabis.

In such situations the driver is required to provide a blood sample for testing at the Medical Bureau of Road Safety.

The new roadside drugs test enables Gardaí to quickly establish if a driver may be under the influence of certain drugs or alcohol within 10 minutes.

The Securetec® Drugwipe 6s cassette does not require an analyser and works like an antigen test.

Refusing to take the test is an offence and the devices have been rolled out across the country since December 2022.

An Garda Siochana is appealing to drivers to never drink under the influence of alcohol or drugs and to observe the applicable speed limits.