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14. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of mandatory intoxicant tests per county in 2017 and to date in 2018; the number of positive tests per county in 2017 and to date in 2018; the types of drugs detected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42195/18]

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Deputy Charles Flanagan: As the Deputy will be aware, the recently published Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland report recommends that policing must be information led and that data should be seen as a strategic asset and a key factor in determining policing decisions. My Department is currently analysing the report and my officials are currently engaging in consultations with An Garda Síochána, the policing oversight bodies and the relevant Departments in order to inform my substantive response and the high-level implementation plan and project structure that I intend to bring to Government by December.
With respect to the Deputy's question, section 10 of the Road Traffic Act 2010 provides for mandatory intoxicant testing, MIT, checkpoints. The powers of An Garda Síochána under the 2010 Act were extended under the Road Traffic Act 2016 to allow preliminary oral fluid-testing for drugs to be undertaken at these checkpoints, in additional to the current preliminary breath testing for alcohol. These provisions came into force on 13 April 2017.
I am informed by An Garda Síochána that it has conducted a total of 101,965 MIT checkpoints nationally since then. I have provided the Deputy with a table - provided by the Garda authorities - that details the number of MIT checkpoints conducted by Garda division, the number of breath tests and oral fluid tests conducted, the number of persons who have tested positive for alcohol or drugs at these checkpoints and the number who failed or refused to provide a specimen.
I am further informed by An Garda Síochána that information on all the types of drugs detected at these MIT checkpoints is not available as such an exercise would necessitate a manual trawl of all relevant incidents recorded on PULSE to collate same, which would require a disproportionate expenditure of Garda time and resources. The Deputy will be aware, however, that the drug testing devices employed by An Garda Síochána involve testing a sample of a driver’s oral fluid for the presence of cannabis, cocaine, opiates, heroin, morphine and benzodiazepines such as valium.

Garda Division
Number of MIT Checkpoints conducted 2017- year to date 2018
Roadside Breath Tested Conducted
No. of positive Roadside Breath Tests
Roadside Oral Fluid Tested Conducted
No. of positive Oral Fluid Tests
Fail/Refusal breath Test
Fail/Refusal Oral Fluid Test
Cavan/Monaghan 3202 12510 105 56 13 3 0
Clare 5897 25162 88 177 22 2 0
Cork City 8855 23959 119 4 1 0 0
Cork North 9681 21023 95 55 8 1 1
Cork West 8647 21118 118 124 13 0 0
D.M.R. Eastern 891 12522 83 152 9 4 0
D.M.R. North Central 714 8693 39 71 15 2 0
D.M.R. Northern 712 11056 67 91 6 1 0
D.M.R. South Central 704 17176 53 97 6 0 0
D.M.R. Southern 779 13866 61 95 14 0 0
D.M.R. Western 1463 13228 98 154 13 0 0
Donegal 3044 14640 73 11 0 1 0
Galway 7047 28434 191 22 5 0 0
Kerry 4651 14717 82 43 11 0 1
Kildare 3985 44364 272 268 32 2 0
Kilkenny/Carlow 1936 9561 108 44 5 0 0
Laois/Offaly 3332 29355 111 120 16 0 0
Limerick 7217 21256 136 42 7 1 0
Louth 2470 9758 53 3 2 0 0
Mayo 3329 13764 87 12 3 2 0
Meath 1946 9559 87 17 4 2 0
Roscommon/Longford 3065 16203 87 42 10 0 0
Sligo/Leitrim 2231 8196 31 59 9 0 0
Tipperary 6742 17822 103 21 5 2 0
Waterford 2400 14544 79 31 5 1 0
Westmeath 1938 9692 82 14 5 1 0
Wexford 2988 17445 136 105 19 1 0
Wicklow 2099 12542 55 9 1 1 0
* The statistics provided are provisional, operational and liable to change and are valid for the period 13 April 2017- 12 October 2018.