The Queen Announces Plans to Jail Drug Drivers
A new law on drug driving has been labelled an ‘important step forwards’ for road safety.
A new law on drug driving has been labelled an ‘important step forwards’ for road safety. The proposed legislation was announced in the Queen’s speech on 9th May 2012 and outlined plans to punish drug drivers, including those who have an excess amount of controlled drugs in their body.
Under current law, police have to carry out time consuming FIT tests and can only prosecute if it can be proved that the suspect’s driving ability has been affected. However, the new bill is set to introduce “drugyalysers” (drug screening devices) that will make it easier for police to identify substance levels so they can charge dangerous drivers.
Speaking of the legislation, Road safety minister Mike Penning commented: "Drug-drivers are a deadly menace - they must be stopped and that is exactly what I intend to do.
“The new offence sends out a clear message that if you drive while under the influence of drugs you will not get away with it.”
The substances covered by the offence will be decided by a panel of specialists who will test the effects of numerous controlled and prescription drugs. This will be used to compile a clear guide of specified limits for each drug. Those caught exceeding these limits could face a fine of £5,000 and a maximum of 6 months in prison.
Commenting on what this means for road safety, Simon Thompson of Precision Claims said:
‘It’s hugely surprising that nothing has been done to address the issue of drug driving sooner. Many people don’t realise that taking certain levels of prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as using substances that are classically associated with reckless behaviour.’
‘This new bill will help to make the roads a safer place – something that as road traffic accident claims experts, we know needs to happen’
Precision Claims specialise in pursuing road traffic accident claims, as well as personal injury claims and care home claims. For more information about the firm’s legal services, visit: http://www.precisionclaims.co.uk
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