As it stands the police do not have the laws or the technology to punish drug-drivers properly but under a new law expected in the Queens Speech, drug-driving in England, Scotland and Wales could become a specific offence with a jail term.
Police will be able to test saliva at the roadside with drugalysers. The exact drugs that will be covered by the offence and the specified limits for each will be decided following advice from the panel and public consultation. It is thought that cannabis and cocaine will be looked at.
Offenders caught could face fines of up to £5000, a driving ban of at least 12 months and well as a prison term.
People are dying due to the effects of individuals who drug-drive and we need to push for zero tolerance and be able to punish those that are caught appropriately.
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