Driver stopped in Cork tests positive for cocaine, cannabis, opiates and benzodiazepines

Driver stopped in Cork tests positive for cocaine, cannabis, opiates and benzodiazepines
The results of a drugs test on a driver stopped near Midleton. Pic: An Garda Síochána.

AN east Cork driver has been caught driving under the influence of several drugs.

The driver tested positive for cocaine, cannabis, opiates and benzodiazepines, after being stopped by roads policing gardaí in the Midleton area.

They also did not have a driving licence and was not insured.

The motorist was arrested and will be brought to court following the incident.

Before April 2017, motorists suspected of being under the influence of a drug had a sample of their blood or urine sent to the Medical Bureau of Road Safety for testing. However, detections can now be made on the spot.

More equipment will be purchased to ensure that drug testing is a regular feature at Mandatory Intoxication Test checkpoints.

Since April 2017, gardaí now test for four different drug categories – cocaine, cannabis, opiates and benzodiazepines.

Last year, there were 15 people detected for drug driving in the Cork city division, according to gardaí.

Meanwhile, gardaí in Bandon seized two cars which were being driven without insurance.

Gardai said that one of the vehicles also bore a tax disc from 2007, while the other vehicle had four bald tyres and had been filled with green diesel.

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