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Motorist fined for driving with drugs ‘didn’t know’ it would be in his system as others warned

Motorists are warned not to get behind the wheel of their car – or any other – too soon after a night of drinking or drug use.

A driver learned the hard way Tuesday night that unless you allow enough time for the substances to leave your system, you will fail any road test.

The Kilkenny Roads Police Unit were on patrol when they stopped a vehicle. Although they did not confirm the reason for the driver’s initial concern, they elected to perform a roadside drug test.

Read more:Gardai warns of a common traffic violation that could see the driver and passengers fined on the spot

The driver provided officers with a sample of oral fluid, which later tested positive for cocaine.

It is understood the driver was unaware the drugs would still be in his system after a previous night of partying – and was fined for the offence.

Speaking to Facebook, Gardai confirmed: ‘Our Roads Policing Unit were carrying out a checkpoint last night in Urlingford when they encountered a car driver who provided an oral fluid sample which tested positive for cocaine.

“The motorist did not know that his consumption from the previous night would still be in his system the following evening.

“He knows now.”

Under Irish law, the maximum penalty for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a fine of €5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months.

Drivers also risk being disqualified for driving under the influence of drugs. For those convicted of a new offense of being above the threshold for cannabis, cocaine and heroin, the disqualification period “shall not be less than 1 year for the first offense and not less than 2 years for the second offense or a subsequent offence”, depending on the drugs. ie.

Anyone who drinks alcohol or uses drugs is warned that they can be detected in your blood for days after use. Some timeframes according to drugs.ie include:

  • Alcohol: 3 to 5 days in urine, 10 to 12 hours in blood
  • Amphetamines: 1 to 3 days in the urine and about 12 hours in the blood
  • Cannabis: 7 to 30 days in urine and up to 2 weeks in blood
  • Cocaine: 3-4 days in urine and 1-2 days in blood
  • Codeine: 1 day in urine and up to 12 hours in blood
  • Heroin: 3-4 days in urine and up to 12 hours in blood
  • LSD: 1-3 days in urine and up to 2-3 hours in blood
  • MDMA (ecstasy): 3-4 days in urine and 1-2 days in blood

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