Widespread use of 'Drug wipes' by Police leads to a big increase in drug driving arrests

Written by Neil Goodwin on .

Drug wipe kit, now in widespread use by Wiltshire PoliceDrug wipe kit, now in widespread use by Wiltshire PolicePolice in East Wiltshire have described the number of arrests made in relation to drug driving in the area in recent months as ‘disappointing’.  Police are now able to ascertain that a driver is driving under the influence of drugs through the introduction and widespread use of drug wipes.

Since mid-November, at least 10 people have been arrested on suspicion of drug driving in the Marlborough and Devizes areas.

All those arrested have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.  This includes enabling time for blood tests to be carried out which cannot be completed within the 24-hour custody clock.

Sgt Pete Foster said: “Every arrest for drink or drug driving is extremely disappointing.  Police forces nationally are constantly highlighting the dangers of drink and drug driving, yet certain individuals continue to think they are above the law and decide to take the risk, thinking they won’t get caught.

"People need to realise the full extent of the dangers that drug driving poses.  Think about the impact that your actions could cause and how you would feel if one of your loved ones was injured or worse, killed, by a driver who had taken drugs or been drinking alcohol. Lives can be changed in a matter of seconds due to the mindless actions of others.

“Our officers are always out and about trying to keep our roads safe, and they will stop vehicles if they have suspicions that the driver may be driving illegally.

“We also encourage members of the public who suspect someone may have been drinking or taking illegal drugs prior to getting behind the wheel to contact us immediately.

“Not only is drink or drug driving putting your own life at risk, but also the lives of other drivers, cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians. Please think long and hard before you get behind the wheel of a vehicle illegally.”

To report a drug or drink driver, call 101, or if the crime is in progress, call 999 and give as many details as possible including, make and model of vehicle, registration number of possible and direction of travel.