Thursday 28th February 2008
Be Wiser Insurance

Police in Tameside are to carry out roadside checks in order to catch out motorists who take to the road under the influence of drugs, it has been reported.

The Tameside Advertiser stated that drivers pulled over under suspicion of breaking the law in such a manner will be asked to touch the tip of their nose with their eyes closed and walk in a straight line to show their sobriety.

Motorists who are convicted of a drugs offence may find it difficult to pick up a car insurance policy in the future, as cover firms could view them as a risk on the road.

Driving under the influence of drugs is "as unacceptable as drink-driving", according to Josie Wride from the Greater Manchester Casualty Reduction Partnership.

"It also carries the risk of serious penalties, including prison," said the official.

Meanwhile, Kent county council has found that 18 per cent of road deaths involved drugs.

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