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Changes to the drug driving law

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On 2 March 2015 the drug driving law changed to make it easier for the police to catch and convict drug drivers.

It’s now an offence to drive with certain drugs above a specified level in your blood - just as it is with drink driving. Sixteen legal and illegal drugs are covered by the law, including cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine. The limits for all illegal drugs are extremely low – taking even a very small amount of an illegal drug could put you over the limit.

The new offence will work alongside the existing offence of driving whilst impaired through drink or drugs

The consequences

The penalties for drug driving are the same as for drink driving. If convicted you’ll receive a:

  • minimum 12-month driving ban
  • criminal record
  • a heavy fine or up to 6 months in prison or both

The consequences of a drug drive conviction are far reaching and can include:

  • job loss
  • loss of independence
  • the shame of having a criminal record
  • increase in car insurance costs
  • trouble getting in to countries like the USA

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