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Driving Whilst Under the Influence of Drugs

One in five motorists has driven a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of drugs according to a recent study for comparison website Confused.com.

As I have indicated in a previous blog, the Government is proposing new legislation to cover both illegal and prescription drugs.

In the survey of 2,000 motorists, 7% admitted to driving under the influence of illegal drugs, whilst 12% had driven under the influence of prescription drugs.

Under the new law proposed, the Government proposes including the following illegal drugs:

Cannabis
Ecstasy
Cocaine
Ketamine
Benzoylecgonine
Methamphetamine
LSD
6-monoacetylmorphine

Together with these prescribed drugs:

Clonazepam
Diazepam
Flunitrazepam
Lorazepam
Methadone
Morphine
Oxazepam
Temazepam

Police will be carry out preliminary saliva tests and, if positive, require a blood sample to be taken if they exceed a certain limit which the Government is still consulting on.

For further advice and information on the above, I can be contacted on 01743 280280 or email stephen.scully@lblaw.co.uk.