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Drug-driving limit to be implemented in Scotland

Friday April 21st 2017 at 9:53 AM


Drug-driving limits and roadside testing will be introduced on Scotland’s roads from 2019.

The Scottish Government says it will be easier to hold drug-drivers to account as there will be no requirement to prove someone was driving impaired.

Different limits will be set for different drugs which will be outlined “in due course.”

Justice secretary Michael Matheson said: “This Government prioritised lowering the drink-driving limit in 2014 with evidence showing greater numbers of lives lost on our roads due to drink-driving than drug-driving.

“With the lower blood-alcohol limit well established, I want to give our law enforcement agencies enhanced powers to tackle drug-driving and so make our roads even safer.

“While it is a long-standing offence to drive while impaired by drugs, by introducing new drug driving limits and roadside testing for the presence of drugs, we will strengthen the ability of our police and prosecutors to tackle the minority of drivers who recklessly put other road-users and themselves at risk.”

Scottish ministers intend to outline the regulations for approval by MSPs by the end of 2017, and to have the necessary testing equipment in place by 2019.

Chief Superintendent Andy Edmonston, head of road policing for Police Scotland, added: “I welcome this proposed legislation, as anything designed to make our roads safer can only be to the public good.

“Police Scotland looks forward to working closely with our partners and the Scottish Government in the run-up to the introduction of the legislation in 2019 to ensure we are properly prepared.

“I would also remind motorists that it is currently illegal to drive whilst unfit through drugs and that remains a focus for Police Scotland.”

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