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In a bid to decrease the number of road traffic accidents, the UK Government introduced changes to the drug driving law on 2nd March 2015.
It is now an offence to drive with various prescription drugs above a certain level in your blood. There is now a zero tolerance approach to the eight drugs most associated with illegal use and there are similar punishments to those you would get for drink-driving. Even a tiny amount of an illegal drug could put you over the drug driving limit and is punishable by a minimum 12-month driving ban, a criminal record, fines of up to £5,000, or even six months in prison.
Drug drivers can suffer from slower reaction times, paranoia, dizziness, fatigue and an inability to concentrate properly. This increases the chances of a Road Traffic Accident. We recommended you never accept a lift from a driver who you suspect has taken illicit drugs and if you have taken illegal drugs, or prescribed medical drugs which may have affected your ability to drive, do not drive.
You might have already seen the THINK! poster advert with white lines of drugs replicating road markings warning that it is now easier to catch and convict people who take drugs and drive. This anti-drug-driving campaign alludes to a new piece of equipment the Police have been issued which has been dubbed the ‘drugalyser’. Police will be able to test drivers for cocaine and cannabis using their new ‘drugalyser’ kits. Plus they now only need to detect drugs in order to prosecute a drug driver.
HM Government intends to introduce roadside tests for every kind of drug in the future. They are undergoing trials now to see how this might work. Currently ketamine and heroin are only detectable by blood tests which cannot be carried out by the roadside. This would be the next logical step in decreasing the number of road traffic accidents from drug-driving.
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