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IRON SUPPORT POLICE CAMPAIGN

30 March 2016

Scunthorpe United have helped support a police campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of drug-driving.

During March, Humberside Police are raising awareness of the new powers that came in last year for the police to carry out roadside drugs tests.

Scunthorpe United players wore T-shirts carrying the logo and message during a training session at Glanford Park, and also wore them during the warm-up for the Easter Monday victory over Swindon Town.

The extra powers that the police have now enable them to use testing kits on drivers that they suspect of driving under the influence of drugs.

The kit uses a simple mouth swab to obtain a roadside sample.

The swab is tested at the time to provide an indicator of drugs in the system.

If this proves positive at the roadside, the driver is arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs and taken to a police station where a further, more extensive blood test is obtained.

Humberside Police casualty reduction officer Barry Gardner said: "I have been in the traffic unit for 22 years and now we have this device.

"This will make the roads a safer place for all of us."

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