Police are fighting back against drug drivers this Christmas thanks to cutting-edge new equipment.
From tomorrow (December 1), officers will be issued with swab testing equipment which can detect cannabis in the system in just a matter of minutes.
The technology will back up the force’s tough stance on drink and drug driving this festive period in which they will also name and shame all offenders.
Speaking at the launch of the new equipment, Chief Inspector Natalie Moloney warned motorists that taking drugs and driving can be as dangerous as drink driving.
Do I want to risk spending Christmas behind bars? Could I live with the guilt of killing someone because of my selfishness? Would my family cope without me?
"If the answer to any of those questions is no, you have the power to avoid facing those situations.”
The new equipment, which has been successful in Europe, is to be used for the first time on Sussex roads.
It replaces the previous field impairment assessments which saw officers simply check the reactions of the driver's eyes as well as their balance and co-ordination.
If thought to be under the influence they would then need to have a blood test which could be weeks coming back with the result.
Police bosses are promising swift action on those who drink or take drugs and drive this Christmas.
Louis Rix-Martin, 29, lost his licence after his car went through a red light in London Road, Brighton, in January last year.
Not only had he failed to stop at the lights, he was also talking on his mobile phone and had been smoking cannabis.
He was banned from driving for 17 months and ordered to pay £1,300 in fines and costs.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne welcomed the new technology adding that she was “determined” to tackle the issue while in office.
She added: "I believe screening of this nature is an effective deterrent and I will be supporting investment in technology that enables officers to make these checks.
"Residents have told me that road safety is one of their main concerns and I am determined to tackle this problem during my term in office.
"I would like to see communities becoming more involved in playing their part in making Sussex safer.
“Safer roads and communities can only be created by working together and sharing the roads responsibly."
DIPLOMACY BREAKS OUT !
On Monday morning, Kerry, in London, held a news conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, greeted outside by 50 protesters chanting, "Keep your hands off Syria."
"I think it would be good to hear people saying to a dictator, 'Keep your hands off chemical weapons that kill your own people,'" Kerry retorted inside the room.
Since early in the crisis, and until Obama stepped up, Kerry had been the main figure pitching the Syrian strategy. To lawmakers, in speeches and at news conferences, he spoke passionately and sometimes misspoke. At one point, he even seemed to hold out a last-resort option of ground troops in Syria, in the face of numbingly repetitive assurances by U.S. officials of no-boots-on-the-ground. This time, he swerved verbally in the other direction, stating U.S. action against Syria would be "unbelievably small," raising questions about why bother.
When Kerry was asked if Assad could do anything to avoid an attack, he uttered 20 words that set off a rapid chain of events.
"Sure," he said. "He can turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week."
He raised both arms for emphasis and continued: "Turn it over, all of it, without delay, and allow a full and total accounting for that. But he isn't about to do it, and it can't be done, obviously."
On the flight home, Kerry, now in a faded orange zip-up sweatshirt, spoke on the phone with Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister. Lavrov told Kerry he had heard his comments in London and Russia was getting ready to make an announcement.
By the time Kerry landed in the U.S., Russia had made its proposal to place Syrian chemical weapons out of Assad's control, Syria had welcomed the idea, other nations and the United Nations had embraced it in principle, and some members of Congress were beginning to see a possible way out of the jam. Kerry's staff initially suggested that the secretary's words were merely a rhetorical flourish. But by the end of the day, though expressing deep skepticism, Obama declared the Russian pitch "potentially a significant breakthrough" that could head off U.S. air strikes.
Some members of Congress were beside themselves, trying to make sense of it all. First the Obama administration had appeared to be marching toward a strike. Then the president hit pause and asked Congress to approve his course. Then came the Russian idea, so yet another pause. Altogether, the arguments of the administration had grown awfully complicated and seemed to be changing by the hour.
"I'm going to start looking for medication," Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. , remarked Tuesday morning. "This place is a zoo."
Obama's address to the nation Tuesday night wasn't the trumpet call to action that it might have been, absent the diplomatic initiative on Syrian chemical weapons. His statement reflected the complexities of the moment — a chance to avoid war, as he saw it, but a continuing need for congressional approval to keep a credible military threat alive.
Until recently, the Senate had been expected to conduct an initial vote Wednesday, beginning an arduous legislative process to be echoed in coming days in the House, where opposition to a military strike has been an even tougher sell.
Instead it was dither and defer, at least for a while longer, with everyone treading carefully.
At Russia's U.N. mission, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council met to discuss how to go about resolving that Syria's chemical weapons stockpile be secured and dismantled. Kerry and Lavrov planned talks in Geneva on Thursday to try to set some process in motion. On Capitol Hill, any resolution on Syria was on hold.
"The whole terrain has changed," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said after a meeting of Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "We want to make sure we do nothing that's going to derail what's going on."
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