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Dräger shares expertise on implications of drink and drug driving

Delegates heard about the latest techniques, legislation and impact of drink and drug driving at a special session by international safety and medical technology solutions provider, Dräger.

Mark Burrup, Dräger Regional Application Manager (Impairment), took to the Driver Safety Zone stand at Safety and Health Expo 2015 this week (Wednesday 17th June, 12.30pm, ExCel, London).

Along with Sgt Chris Appleby, from Thames Valley Police, Mark gave a presentation looking at the latest techniques, the law and the costly effect that driver impairment can have on individuals, business and society.

As well as learning the key statistics, delegates also learned how to implement a company drug and alcohol policy, the rationale behind drug and alcohol testing and about the various methods available.

During Health and Safety Week, delegates learned that 1,360 people were killed or seriously injured because of impaired driving across the UK during 2013 – with a cost of £1.6million to society for a fatality. During the same period, more than 8,390 people were injured due to drink driving.

Delegates also heard that drug users are more likely to drive under the influence than alcohol users – and more often. Men were 3.5 times more likely to drive under the influence of drugs than women.

Speaking on the issue of drug driving, Mark said: “The recent legislation changes are part of a wider policy to crack down on the menace of drug driving.

“This is a serious offence and the consequences can be devastating – with scores of people killed or injured on our roads every year because of drug drivers.

“A lot still needs to be done in terms of education about the changes in law and what it means for individuals, businesses and for society. Even people with prescribed medication need to be aware of the drug drive limits and if they are in any doubt whatsoever, they should consult their doctor.”

Visitors to Dräger’s stand at the Safety and Health Expo 2015 were able to see some of the innovative Dräger products and services that have saved and protected lives for over 125 years – including the Dräger DrugTest 5000, one of only two Home Office type approved devices for testing cocaine and cannabis at the roadside, and the Interlock 7000, an in car breathalyser.

Also on display were other products demonstrating the latest advanced technology available for business and industry – including the recently launched Dräger X-plore 8000 powered air-purifying respirator. This robust but comfortable device provides the highest safety and reliability under the most challenging conditions, is practically maintenance free and enables the wearer to focus fully on the job at hand.

Other innovative products on show included the X-dock, X-act 5000, X-zone Com, Polytron 5100, REGARD 3900, Flame 500 and the new SharpEye flame detector.

To find out more about the Dräger DrugTest, visit http://www.draeger.com/sites/en_uk/Pages/Alcohol-and-Drug-Detection/Draeger-DrugTest-5000.aspx

To find out more about Dräger’s solutions in gas detection, alcohol and drug detection, plant safety and occupational health and safety, visit www.draeger.com/SHExpo