Testing motorists for drug-driving will begin on the Easter bank holiday weekend, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed in the Dáil.
She told Fianna Fáil TD Jack Chambers that key stakeholders are being given a few months to prepare for the introduction of what will be called preliminary drug testing on motorists.
The Road Traffic Bill, passed in the Dáil and Seanad in December 2016, will be commenced or implemented at Easter in mid-April.
The legislation makes it illegal for motorists to drive while under the influence of cannabis, cocaine or heroin. It is also now an offence to drive while under the influence of the cannabis-containing drug Salvidex, used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
Source: Marie O'Halloran,The Irish Times, 17/02/17