driving' motorist arrested by police near Burnham-On-Sea
have arrested a man near Burnham-On-Sea for driving under the
influence of drugs.
arrest took place on the Bristol Road near Pawlett just before
midnight on Wednesday (February 3rd) when the 23 year-old man
from Puriton was pulled over by a Roads Policing Officer due to
a problem with their lights.
his conversations with the driver, the officer became aware of
a strong smell of cannabis and conducted a road-side drugs test
as a result.
Mark Whitfield from the Tri-Force Roads Policing Unit said: "We
now have the ability to test people for drug driving at the side
of the road, in much the same way as we do for drink driving.
The test involves a saliva swab and is really easy to administer."
this occasion the drugs test proved positive, and the man was
arrested and taken to Bridgwater Custody Centre where he was later
bailed pending forensic analysis of a blood sample."
Whitfield added: "I cannot stress enough that driving a vehicle
whilst your reactions are dulled, either through alcohol or other
substances, is completely irresponsible and puts not only the
drivers own life at risk but those of their passengers,
other road users and pedestrians."
message is clear if you have consumed alcohol or drugs
then dont drive. Even some prescription medication can impair
your driving, so it is worth thinking carefully before driving
if you are taking medicine."
who suspect anyone is driving under the influence of drink or
drugs should call the police on 999.