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DRUG DRIVING LAWS

Guide - Driver 1 Sep 2017

The law and the penalties for driving under the influence of drugs

 

THE LAW IN ENGLAND AND WALES

It’s illegal to drive, attempt to drive or be in charge of a motor vehicle with a controlled drug that exceeds the prescribed limit. For more information follow the link here

If stopped by the police:

  • A roadside test can be carried out to detect any drugs in your body
  • If suspected to be unfit to drive, you can be arrested and asked to give a blood or urine test at the police station – if drugs are detected you could be charged.
     

THE Penalties OF DRUG DRIVING

  • A minimum 1 year driving ban
  • An unlimited fine
  • A maximum of 6 months in prison
  • A criminal record
  • Conviction will stay on your licence for 11 years
  • Your insurance costs will increase significantly
  • It may impact your job
  • Causing death by dangerous driving carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

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