Drug driving crackdown to make British roads safer
May 11, 2012
Roads are to be made safer as the government has announced its crackdown on motorists that choose to drive under the influence of drugs.
Legislation was unveiled in yesterday's Queen's Speech that makes drug driving a specific offence, whereas before the police had to prove that driving had been impaired by substance use.
This should prove a greater deterrent for those drug driving, making roads much safer.
There will be specific limits on the amount of certain controlled drugs that motorists are allowed in their system, if exceeded then it will be an automatic offence.
An expert panel together with a public consultation will decide on which drugs will be covered by the offence.
The penalty for driving under the influence of drugs will be a maximum six months in prison, a fine of up to £5,000 and an automatic ban for 12 months.
"We have an enviable record on road safety in this country and I want to keep it that way. This measure will help to rid our roads of the irresponsible minority who risk the lives of innocent motorists and pedestrians," said road safety minister Mike Penning.
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