New Drug Driving Laws


For a long time, driving while under the influence of drugs was a bit of a hazy topic. There were no real set rules when it came to what was acceptable and what wasn’t. However, the government have been working alongside medical professionals to set some solid legal limits. 

The plans to bring in drug-drive limits have moved a step closer to being a reality over the past week. The Government is taking another look at the proposed legal limit for amphetamine following issues that arose during the consultation process. After this consultation, the recommended limits for 16 other drugs have been approved as part of the limits. In lay mans terms, this means that eight prescription drugs as well as eight illicit drugs have been added into new regulations that will take effect this autumn.

The new rules mean that it will be an offence to be over the generally-prescribed limits for each drug while driving a vehicle. This will hopefully work in the same way that laws do for driving under the influence of alcohol. So far the list of illicit drugs include cocaine, drivers will not be allowed to exceed a limit of 10mg of this. For cannabis the limit will be 2mg, with a limit of 1mg for LSD.

There have been concerns about the proposed limits for amphetamines. The finalised limits are yet to be revealed. These will need to take into consideration those drivers taking these drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Drugs, whether they are prescribed or not, can cause all sorts of symptoms in a driver. This could include tiredness, lethargy as well as dizziness. Such sensations can easily be contributing factors to road traffic accidents. Want Driving Lessons fully endorse these new measures to help make the roads a safer place for drivers as well as pedestrians.

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