November 15, 2013

Drug-Driving Crackdown

For a long time drink-driving has been publicly lambasted by society and authorities alike. However, now a new motoring menace is beginning to gain infamy on UK roads… the danger of drug-driving.

Many motorists still believe they are in a perfect state to drive after taking illegal drugs such as Cannabis. Now, the government is suggesting a zero-tolerance crackdown on the use of such substances when behind the wheel – meaning that drivers found guilty of taking drugs before or during driving are liable for an automatic driving ban for a minimum of twelve months, as well as facing a potential prison sentence of six months and a £5,000 fine.

This new hardened crackdown is expected to save up to 100 lives each year. The ruling will include testing drivers for use of any of the following eight substances: Cannabis, Heroin, Cocaine, Ecstasy, LSD, Ketamine, Methamphetamine (or “Crystal Meth”) and benzoylecgonine, which is the main ingredient in Cocaine.

The harsh limitations have been especially designed so that when testing drivers under suspicion of drug-taking, even the slightest intake of any of these drugs will mean that they are over the limit, whilst at the same time ruling out any possibility of “Passive Consumption”, whereby a person may have traces of it on them by being around other users, while not actively drug-taking themselves.

These strict measures are being put in place to save lives. These drugs are illegal for a reason, and any driver willing to risk his/her safety as well as the safety of others by abusing these substances is surely not fit to be behind the wheel, and deserves any punishment that this new ruling includes.

Safe driving from Britannia!

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