King supports mandatory drug, alcohol testing after road accidents

Consultant Pathologist, Doctor Stephen King, has come out in support of mandatory testing for drugs and alcohol at scenes of road accidents.

King explained that because drugs get metabolized, the testing should be done as soon as possible.

He told the Times that if there is a waiting period of a few hours after samples are drawn, the findings would not be as relevant as a test that is done immediately.

King advocated  the use of breathalyzers, especially with the new devices that are currently available and which  he asserted are very accurate.

He stated that with the right breathalyzers and the appropriate legislation in place, the findings would be admissible in court.

“Anybody involved in an accident should have a breathalyzer test at the scene of an accident,” King declared.

He also said a mechanism should be in place to do blood and urine samples, since there are other substances that impair the ability to drive and the decisions pedestrians may make.

King said there was need for a system to be put in place between the police and the health services to allow the samples to be drawn in good time.

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