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Drug Driving - New Legislation On The Way?

Reports released in the press today suggest that the government is recruiting a panel of scientists to look into drug-driving limits to try and make it easier to secure convictions.

At present the law requires the CPS to prove beyond reasonable doubt that a driver’s actions have been impaired by taking drugs.

The panel will consider a possible new offence and whether or not it is possible to impose a level at which a driver’s ability would be impaired.

Many experts consider the current legislation to be inadequate.

Department of Transport figures for accidents in 2010 suggest that driving under the influence of drugs was a “contributory factor” in 1094 cases including 51 fatal accidents.