A driving instructor was arrested after he provided a positive drug test while supervising a learner, police said. Suffolk Police said the 30-year-old was stopped on Lindbergh Road, Ipswich, on Thursday, and tested positive for cocaine after a roadside “drug wipe”.
He was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving and taken to police headquarters where a blood sample was taken for further testing. Police said he has been released under investigation pending the test results. A drug wipe is where a swab is taken from the suspect’s mouth, providing an instant reading.
Almost 25,000 motorists in England and Wales tested positive for drug-driving within three years, figures have revealed. Data from 40 forces showed 8,336 drivers tested positive for cannabis and 3,064 for cocaine between March 2015 and January 2018. The government said “tough” new laws saw more dangerous drivers caught.
Safety charity Brake has called for more investment in road policing to deter drug-drivers.
New legislation came into force in March 2015 covering legal driving limits for prescription drugs. Traces of eight illegal drugs, such as cocaine and cannabis, would also mean a driver was over the limit. According to the figures obtained by the BBC through Freedom of Information requests, Cheshire Police carried out the most drug-driving tests, 4,491. Of those tests, 2,377 were positive.
The Metropolitan Police recorded 3,254 positive tests, Essex 1,857, West Mercia 1,704 and Merseyside 1,517.
The data suggests about 43% of tests are positive.
The figure is based on results from the 24 forces that were able to provide the total number of tests as well as the number of positive results.