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Drug Driving on the Rise

Posted in General News on Friday, October 9th, 2020

The number of drug driving charges in England and Wales has reached a record high over the past year. A total of 27 police forces from across England and Wales responded to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by the car service price comparison site, bookmygarage.com and the statistics indicated that the number of drug driving charges increased from 4,122 in 2015/16 to 9,270 in 2019/20. Drug driving became its own specific offence in 2015 which meant that the police could charge someone for drug driving if they had at least one of 16 specified drugs in their system. Half of the 16 drugs listed are medicinal drugs and therefore motorists are just as likely to be prosecuted for driving while having a legal drug in their system as they are for an illegal one. Essex Police charged the highest number of motorists for drug driving last year as they reported a figure of 1,828 charges between March 2019 and February 2020. In contrast, the Metropolitan Police only charged 339 people with a drug driving offence last year.

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