Roadside drug testing device developed by academics

A hand-held device which can detect whether a driver has taken drugs from the sweat on a finger has been developed by academics.

Invented by Intelligent Fingerprinting, a spin-off company at the University of East Anglia, the device is capable of detecting whether a motorist has taken cannabis, cocaine or heroin.

Currently anyone suspected of driving under the influence of drugs has to undergo a Field Impairment Test by the roadside.

This entails an officer asking the driver to carry out an array of co-ordination tests, such as standing on one leg. A motorist who fails is then take to the police station where a blood sample is taken which, if positive, is used as evidence in court.

In other parts of the world where roadside testing is already in place, the most common method relies on taking a saliva sample using a swab.

Full article see Telegraph

Back to News home page