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Driver tests positive for cocaine at drug-driving checkpoint

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A driver has tested positive for cocaine at one of the first drug-driving checkpoints set up by gardaí.

The motorist was stopped on the N4 between Dublin city and Leixlip and was immediately disqualified for 10 years with a court appearance to follow.

The first checkpoints were rolled out at midnight on Wednesday this week, with gardaí tweeting about a checkpoint in Stillorgan last night.

Gardaí tweeted on Saturday evening about what they called “Operation Surround,” saying: “N11 Stillorgan motorists are being tested for Drink and Drug Driving. All checks are for Intoxicant Testing.”

New legislation allows gardaí to carry out roadside checkpoints or mandatory impairment checkpoints to test for the presence of alcohol and drugs. They have 50 mobile testing units and 86 devices installed in stations.

“We’ll have checkpoints in every district throughout the country this weekend,” said assistant Garda commissioner Michael Finn.

If a driver tests positive, they face arrest and have a blood specimen taken in a Garda station for analysis.

Motorists who refuse to undergo the new oral test, face a possible €5,000 fine or up to six months in jail.