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Drug drivers are escaping prosecution in 'geographical lottery' where some police ration test kits to one per patrol

Added 03-01-21 08:11:02am EST - “Dangerous drug drivers are escaping prosecution and putting lives at risk because some police forces ration testing kits issued to officers to just one a day, a Government-funded study has revealed. Motorists and other road users…” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Drug drivers are escaping prosecution in 'geographical lottery' where some police ration test kits to one per patrol”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Dangerous drug drivers are escaping prosecution and putting lives at risk because some police forces ration testing kits issued to officers to just one a day, a Government-funded study has revealed.

Motorists and other road users are being put in danger by a “geographical lottery” where the best forces are catching ten times more drug drivers per head of population than the worst, says the report for the Department for Transport.

Merseyside police secured 71 convictions per 100,000 of the population, more than ten times the six per 100,000 by the West Midlands force, according to the research by the parliamentary advisory council for transport safety (PACTS).

Seven constabularies - Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Northumbria, Avon and Somerset, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire - had fewer than 10 convictions per 100,000 despite a national trebling in drug-related road deaths to nearly 100 a year since 2013.

The PACTs report said forces were being deterred from enforcing the law by the £16 cost of drug testing kits which the police had to fund unlike most other countries where their Governments picked up the bill.

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