Government unveils drug driving measures

10th May 2012

The Government has unveiled new legislation for motorists that will make drug driving a specific criminal offence.

Presented during yesterday's (May 10th) Queen's Speech, the new proposed legislation will make it an offence to operate a motor vehicle if you have certain controlled drugs in your body in excess of specific limits.

It is hoped that the new system will make it easier for police to take action against drug drivers, with authorities previously required to demonstrate that a motorists driving had been impaired by narcotics in order for any prosecution to occur.

Speaking after the announcement, road safety minister Mike Penning said: “The new offence sends out a clear message that if you drive whilst under the influence of drugs you will not get away with it.

"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."

New devices designed to screen the body for drugs are meanwhile set to receive approval from the Home Office later this year.

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