Drug testing device will be used in Ireland

The Dr�ger DrugTest 5000.
The Dr�ger DrugTest 5000.

A leading manufacturer in safety technology has won a contract to supply the Medical Bureau of Road Safety with a drug testing device.

Blyth-based Dräger will supply the Medical Bureau in Ireland for use by An Garda Síochána.

After a tender process, the Dräger DrugTest 5000 was selected to be used by gardaí at the roadside, where it will test for up to four of the most commonly abused substances.

The equipment has been designed for real time usage, with saliva samples able to be analysed immediately for precise results on the spot. If a driver fails the roadside test, gardaí will be able to arrest them on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and they will need to provide a blood or urine sample at the station.

Mark Burrup, Dräger‘s drug and alcohol specialist for Europe North region, said: “We are delighted that the Dräger DrugTest 5000 has been chosen to support the Garda in its crackdown on drug driving.

“Dräger has extensive experience working with police forces around the world and with many decades of expertise in the field of drug and alcohol screening, we understand the importance of supporting officers in this crucial role.”