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Ministers create drug-driving panel

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A new Government-backed body is set to assess how a drug-driving offence could be introduced in the UK, with the technical aspects of such a law likely to be discussed.

Those who drive under the influence of alcohol can struggle to secure decent car insurance deals if they are convicted of an offence - and that's only if they manage to avoid a serious accident and losing their licence.

Now, the impact of a drug-driving offence will be considered by an expert panel, with the body's work potentially starting as early as this spring.

It is thought that as part of its work, the panel will look at how different levels of drugs compare to the current blood-alcohol level when it comes to their impairing effect.

Cocaine, ecstasy, cannabis, and opiates are among the drugs which could be considered by the group.

The Government's road safety minister, Mike Penning, said: "Britain has some of the safest roads in the world but we know how important it is to tackle the menace of drug-driving. That is why we are putting together a panel of experts to give us advice."

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