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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