New law to catch drug drivers

DERBY and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership has welcomed government plans to crack down on those who drive while under the influence of drugs.

The 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 that a driver’s judgment and reactions are impaired in order to charge them with drug driving.

Chief Inspector Steve Wilson said: “We welcome the government’s commitment to tackling drug driving. Driving while under the influence of drugs puts lives at risk.”

The proposed 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.