Drug-driving crackdown

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A ROAD safety team has welcomed Government plans to crack down on those who drive while under the influence of drugs.

Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership was pleased to hear during the Queen’s Speech that the Government’s Crime and Courts Bill will include a specific drug-driving offence.

A proposed new law will allow the police to charge a driver if specified levels of certain controlled drugs are found in their body. Currently the police must prove a driver’s judgment and reactions are impaired in order to charge them with drug-driving. The planned new offence will attract an automatic driving ban of at least 12 months and can also result in imprisonment for up to six months and a fine of up to £5,000.

An independent review of drink and drug driving law in 2010 recommended that a new specified limit drug-driving offence should be developed. Devices to screen for drugs in the body are expected to be approved by the Home Office by the end of the year.