Drug drivers to face prison

Motorists who are found to be driving under the influence of drugs face prison sentences

The new offence will be introduced at the Queen’s Speech and will provide police with the powers and technology to test drivers at the roadside to detect drugs in the body through saliva testing. The machines can also pick-up certain prescription drugs.

If detected the driver will face a minimum year’s driving ban, a fine of up to £5,000 and prison for 6 months. The finer details of the new offence are being worked on such as which drugs are to be included in the tests and whether there should be some form of threshold.

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