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Government Announces Zero Tolerance to Drug-Driving Offences

Zero Tolerance on Drugs

The government have announced a zero tolerance approach to drug-driving as outlined recently by roads minister Stephen Hammond.

An estimated 9,000 motorists are expected to face prosecution each year under the plans commencing next year. The punishment for those convicted is reported as being an automatic driving ban of at least a year, as well as possibly imprisonment of up to six months and a fine of up to £5,000.

The introduction of the new legislation could face some initial confusion, as a small number of people on prescribed medication could be found guilty too. Of course the consultation puts forward proposals on the drugs to be included in the legislation and the limits to be specified.

Hammond is quoted as saying: “We have also put forward our proposals for dealing with drivers who use specific prescribed drugs.

“We know that the vast majority of people who use these drugs are doing so responsibly and safely and that is why our approach does not unduly penalise drivers who have taken properly prescribed medicines.

“Together, these proposals will make our roads safer for everyone by making it easier for the police to tackle those who drive after taking illegal drugs and clarifying the position for those who take medication."

(image courtesy of tungphoto/ freedigitalphotos.net)

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