Drug driving arrests almost 8,000 in the past year

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Drug driving arrests hits almost 8,000 in the past year

Nearly 8,000 people were arrested for drug-driving in England and Wales last year, new data reveals. The figures come after regulations were introduced last year to crack down on motorists who drive under the influence of drugs. The capital’s Metropolitan Police made the most arrests, 1,636, followed by Greater Manchester Police with 573 and Cheshire Police with 546.

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The new regulations that were introduced in March last year cover legal driving limits for 8 illegal drugs and 8 prescription drugs. Under the old laws, police had to prove driving was impaired by drugs in order to prosecute.

The illegal drugs include heroin, cocaine and cannabis and the levels that have been set mean that there is zero tolerance for drivers caught with these substances in their system.

 

The sentence for those caught is a minimum 12-month driving ban, up to six months in prison, an unlimited fine and a criminal record.

Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, the roads policing lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, told the BBC: “The drug testing kit and the legislation are immensely helpful and have provided the operational officer with the tools necessary to help catch those who take the risk of drug-driving.” Read More

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