New ads target drugged drivers


New road safety advertisements hitting screens this week are the first in New Zealand to directly target cannabis users who drive under the influence.

Drugged drivers are not something that Oamaru police officers come across very often, but they are all well trained to test for it, Community Constable Bruce Dow said.

“We’re all qualified now to do tests on drugged drivers,” he said.

Mr Dow said under the Land Transport (Enforcement Powers) Amendment Act 2009, Police may carry out compulsory impairment tests on drivers they suspect of driving under the influence of drugs.

He said police could use a compulsory impairment test (CIT) to determine whether or not a driver was impaired.

If the test shows that the driver is impaired, it will be followed by a blood test to determine whether controlled drugs or prescription medicines are present.

Penalties for drug-impaired driving are aligned to the penalties for drink-driving.


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