Zero tolerance approach to drug driving

Plans for a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to drug driving have been unveiled by the Government.

Eight illegal drugs will be involved in the curbs which, according to the Daily Telegraph, will be tougher than had previously been thought.

The announcement is the latest stage in a Government campaign designed to end the anomaly which means that driving after taking illegal drugs is only an offence if the police can prove that driving is impaired.

Under the new regime, drug-testing machines will be brought into police stations and roadside testing devices are expected to be in use before the next election.

Under the plans to be unveiled by Stephen Hammond, road safety minister, anything above a trace of eight illegal drugs will trigger a prosecution, says the Telegraph. This threshold is designed to protect somebody who may have taken an illegal substance inadvertently.

Stephen Hammond said: “Drug driving is a menace which devastates families and ruins lives. That is why we are proposing to take a zero tolerance approach with those who drive under the influence of illegal drugs and sending a clear message that this behaviour will not be tolerated.”

The eight drugs covered by the zero tolerance approach include cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and heroin. Limits will also be set to catch drivers who abuse legal medicinal drugs.

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