Four Western Bay of Plenty police officers will be responsible for conducting roadside tests on drivers when compulsory impairment tests come into force today.
The new tests are designed to help police determine if a person has been driving while under the influence of drugs.
Senior sergeant Ian Campion says police in the Bay are prepared to test motorists for drugs.
Senior sergeant Ian Campion says next week a further seven Western Bay of Plenty police officers will be trained to carry out the tests and eventually all frontline officers will be capable.
The trained officers will carry out a three stage test, including an assessment of co-ordination and pupil sizes, walking and turning and counting down numbers while standing on one leg.
“This plugs quite a large gap in terms of driving impairment,” says Ian.
He says statistics show a number of drivers are impaired as a result of taking drugs.
If a motorist fails the test, they will have to undergo a blood test.
Ian says the blood test can be used to determine the presence of all drugs.