Written answers

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Garda Training

2:30 pm

Photo of Jim O'KeeffeJim O'Keeffe (Cork South West, Fine Gael)
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Question 162: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the number of gardaí that are being trained in drug impairment testing; when this training will be completed; when will the recently announced roadside drug testing come into effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4592/11]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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The Road Traffic Act 2010 provides for preliminary impairment testing and the regulations to give effect to the relevant sections are being prepared. An implementation group, involving representatives from the Department of Transport, the Medical Bureau of Road Safety and An Garda Síochána, has been set up to prepare for the implementation of the programme and training will be provided in every Garda Division as part of that process.

Some 80 Garda Instructors from all Garda Divisions will participate in an accredited Certificate course in Drug Recognition and Field Impairment Testing. Upon completion of their training, these Garda instructors will deliver a two day training programme to all operational members of the force. This national training programme is scheduled to commence in May 2011 and will be rolled out to all Divisions as soon as is practicable.

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