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New law for drug-driving

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The Prime Minister has announced that he intends to change the legislation on drug-driving in the UK to minimise the amount of people that drive under the influence of drugs.

Many families have been affected by a drug-driving incident with many of them being the innocent party after being involved in an accident with someone who has taken drugs and then decided to drive.

Under the current law for drug-driving, police need to prove that the driver has been affected by drugs in order to prosecute. Once this has been done a doctor then has to be called to confirm drugs have been used so the police can then take a drivers blood test to prove this. David Cameron admitted this week that this ‘simply can’t be right’ and needs to be changed.

The new law will see police carrying hand held drug detection devices which will be able to test saliva as well as carrying a breathalyser to test erratic drivers. The machines will be approved towards the end of the year.

The legislation will see drug-driving becoming a specific offence and if it is breached offenders will spend up to six months in jail and face a fine of £5,000 as well as an automatic driving ban of a minimum of 12 months. If drivers are found to be under the influence of drugs it can also make an impact on their car insurance premium.

Prime Minister David Cameron commented: “We want to do for drug-driving what drink-driving laws have done for driving under the influence of alcohol. That's why we're doing what we can to get drugalysers rolled out more quickly. And this week we'll publish a new drug-driving offence so that driving under the influence of drugs itself is a crime, just like it is for drink-driving.”

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By Amanda Bainbridge